What are some facts about Vermont?

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December 05, 2010 4:47AM

  • Vermont is one of only three states to have once existed as an officially recognized independent nation (as Vermont Republic), the others being Texas (Republic of Texas) and Hawaii (Kingdom and Republic of Hawaii).
  • Visitors can cross Lake Champlain to New York via ferry from Vermont at three locations: Charlotte, Burlington and Grand Isle. Ferry-goers might even spot "Champ", Lake Champlain's mythical monster.
  • Vermont is the only one of the New England states that does not border the sea.
  • Three quarters of Vermont is covered with forest, including ash, beech, birch, maple, hickory, oak, pine and spruce trees.
  • Vermont is famous for its family farms, having some 6,900 farms, most of them small.
  • In April 2000, Vermont became the first U.S. state to legally recognize so-called "civil unions" between homosexual partners.
  • Ben & Jerry's Homemade Holdings, Inc. Ice Creamery was founded in Burlington, Vermont by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield in 1978.
  • The Champlain Valley is home to The Vermont Teddy Bear Company, which has been creating stuffed bears since 1983.
  • Vermont elected its first female governor, Swiss-born Madeline Kunin, in 1985.