September 30, 2023
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The Origin of Mount Mansfield?

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Many of us long time Vermonters have heard this legend about Mount Mansfield before, yet many have not.

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From a Stowe, Vermont newspaper published on August 17, 1858. One version of a legend on Mount Mansfield’s formation: A giant from the far off south many years ago was walking northward on an exploratory journey, when he arrived in the Stowe area. At this point “being fatigued with his journey, as night came on he laid him down to sleep, and unfortunately, he has never since awoke, but like the giant Rip Van Winkle sleeps on.” For decades, people have pointed to scenic Mount Mansfield in attempts to creatively distinguish the mountain’s “chin, nose and giant forehead”.

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