LAKE CHAMPLAIN: As Centuries Pass...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When Allen Penfield Beach was a youngster growing up on the shores of Lake Champlain, life was a lot simpler than it is now. As a boy he hunted for arrowheads on her stream banks; later, as handyman extraordinaire at the fledgling resort at Basin Harbor, he farmed with a horse drawn plow. Water was pumped by windmill, or, on windless days, by a bull - powered treadmill.
By the time he wrote this book, A. P. Beach had seen a lot of changes on the lake. The grand steamboats which carried nearly all the resort's supplies had been replaced by rail and car. The modern age brought the necessary conveniences of electricity and running water, as well as the luxuries of a golf course, swimming pool, and airstrip.
One thing the years did not change was his love of Lake Champlain. He viewed it as a wealth of beauty and history that people should know about and enjoy. In fact, he was one of the earliest promoters of tourism in Vermont. He published the first issue of Vermont Life at his own expense. Although he recognized the lake's potential as a tourist attraction, A.P. Beach was a conservationist who felt that development was appropriate but must be done responsibly. He left much of his land holdings undeveloped; the buildings he did construct were situated with a careful regard to space and aesthetics.