On the Shores of Lake Champlain, Bay Point in Panton, Vermont offers a renovated home with rare acreage in a setting steeped in history…
View of Green Mountains and Arnold Bay from Bay Point
Lake Champlain is a fascinating water body with an enormous amount of history. Not only was it the birthplace of the American Navy and the home of such fascinating facilities as Fort Ticonderoga, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and known for such battles as the battle of Valcour Island during which Benedict Arnold led his fleet against a far superior British fleet. The results of this battle essentially devastated the fledgling American Navy however its success was in turning the British fleet back north for at least six months allowing Arnold to escape and warn soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga of the impending potential attack.
Arnold’s escape brought him to what is now known as Arnold Bay in the town of Panton, VT on Lake Champlain where he scuttled what was left of the American fleet to keep the boats from falling into the hands of the British. Benedict Arnold was a hero of the times by delaying the British from taking Lake Champlain. He was acquainted with Peter Ferris of Panton and chose his bay to scuttle his fleet and save them from being captured by the British. It is widely believed that this delay gave the Americans time to regroup and the next year defeat the British at Saratoga. Peter Ferris’s home was a well-known location to the militia, and it is thought that a delegation consisting of Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Chase and Charles Carroll , commissioned by the Continental Congress, spent the night there.
Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire signed the Panton charter of 1761. Panton is located on the western shore of Lake Champlain in Addison County between Ferrisburgh on the north and Addison to the south. Sweeping views exist from the Green Mountains to the east and the Adirondacks to the west. Bordering on the east is The Otter Creek and running through the Town is the Dead Creek, both well-known spots for fishing, hunting and birding.
Although the major endeavor in the town is agriculture, there are several small home-based businesses, a feed store, and a campground. There has been a general store in the center of Panton since 1908; it has also housed a doctor’s office, and post office. There are farms and houses that can document their past to the original settlers.
The Penninsula on Arnold Bay
In the early 1950s, Arnold Bay and the peninsula to the south was acquired by a New York attorney and industrialist who eventually accumulated some 1500 acres now known as Arnold Bay Farm. The stone residence on the peninsula on the southern point was built in the 1920s of locally quarried stone and well known in the area as Panton stone. The stone and clapboard residence grew to the size of approximately 3900 ft.
Bay Point's Grand Residence
The site for this grand residence was selected because of its level ground, protected bays, magnificent views west to the high peaks of the Adirondacks, and fertile farm grounds. Apparently, the original builder of the Bay Point residence was quite diminutive which resulted in a design that offers grand scale rooms but several areas of narrow hallways. Subsequent owners renovated the early 20th century bathrooms and now have created a magnificent residence currently used as family vacation site.
In addition to the 3900 ft.², six bedroom house is a separate carriage house/caretakers apartment that includes a two-car garage on the lower level and open studio type apartment on the second floor. A pool house contains 2 changing rooms, a bathroom and shower and the pool filtering and heating equipment.
The entrance to the property off the Lake Shore Road is through and along the proper white fence with farm fields on both the north and south side of the of the west facing drive. Entering the property through these fields then into mature pine oak and hickory woods ensures the absolute sense of privacy that prevails throughout this entire property. It’s rare to find 125 acres on a lakeshore.
Additional land is available.
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