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In the early settlement days, towns along the Connecticut River and throughout the northern wilderness of Vermont and New Hampshire depended heavily on waterways to transport and receive goods and mail, as well as for travel.

The Connecticut River, named by the Indians “Ouon-eh-to-kot”, meaning “long river,” begins as a narrow stream out of lakes in what is now northern New Hampshire, and is a natural boundary line between much of northern Vermont and New Hampshire. It is reinforced by tributaries along the way and becomes a broad, swift river by the time it empties into Long Island Sound, some 400 miles south.