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St. Anne's Shrine, Isle La Motte

#13 of 34 in Historic Sites in Vermont
Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Saint Anne's Shrine is a Roman Catholic shrine in Isle La Motte, Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain. The shrine is located several miles south of the Canada–US border, on Shrine Road, near U.S. Route 2. The shrine is run by the Edmundite Fathers in cooperation with the Diocese of Burlington. Daily mass, retreats and other services are offered in the summer. The grounds feature an open-air chapel, a meeting center, gift shop and cafeteria, a grotto, numerous statues and a beach.
In 1666, a fort and a chapel were built on Isle La Motte to protect Montreal from attacks by the Iroquois Indians. Both the fort and chapel were dedicated to Saint Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary. In 1668, the bishop of Quebec, François de Laval, came to Isle La Motte to baptize a number of Iroquois to Christianity. Even after the abandonment of the fort, the shrine continued to offer mass to worshipers.
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  • With a small chapel, stations of the cross and several statues, this is a quiet place for contemplation. Inside areas closed due to Covid. Nice setting on the lake. Best suited for the devout.  more »
  • We were using Smugglers Notch as our "Base Camp" to see Vermont. We decided to drive the Lake Champlain Islands from the Canadian border south to Burlington. Nice drive along the lake. Found St...  more »

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