Taft Lodge 100th Anniversary, Saturday, September 19

Join us to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Taft Lodge!
Saturday September 19, 2020
Stowe Lower Parking Lot and Barnes Camp

Taft Lodge, perched on a shelf below the Chin of Mount Mansfield, was completed and open to hikers in September of 1920. This log shelter, the oldest and largest of the Long Trail shelters was built by the Burlington Section of the Green Mountain Club. Construction of the Lodge was funded by a gift of Judge Elihu B. Taft, a lawyer and judge from Burlington.

“This historic shelter has welcomed and sheltered countless hikers over the last century. The fact that the lodge remains in service is a testament to the staff, volunteers, and overnight guests that love and protect it.” – Tom Candon, Green Mountain Club President.

Please join us Saturday September 19th to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Taft Lodge.  Activities include morning and afternoon hikes to Taft Lodge, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream truck 12 to 2pm, guest speakers at 12:30, and unveiling of plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary. Event location is across from Barnes Camp Visitor Center, Mountain Road, Stowe VT. Visit outings page for hike registration. This outdoor event will follow Vermont COVID safety requirements regarding physical distancing, wearing of masks, and gathering of contact tracing information.

If you plan to attend and want to provide contact tracing information ahead of time (name of each attendee and phone number required, e-mail optional) you may do so at events@gmcburlington.org.

Agenda:

8:00 AM – Morning group hike to Taft Lodge
Group limit: 10
Registration required (see outings page).
COVID precautions will be followed

12:00 PM -2:00 PM – Ben & Jerry’s ice cream truck open for business

12:30 PM – VIP speakers
Plaque unveiling
Recognize Barnes Camp 5 year anniversary

1:00 PM – Section leaders bring plaque to Taft Lodge
Meet group hikers and other individuals at Taft Lodge for plaque installation.

1:00 PM – Afternoon group hikes to Taft Lodge
Group limit: 10 per group (multiple groups)
Registration required (see outings page).
COVID precautions will be followed

2:00 PM – Event concludes

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