Shays' Settlement in Vermont: A Story of Revolt and Archaeology
Discover the forgotten settlement of Daniel Shays hidden in the Vermont Wilderness.
The ruins of Daniel Shays’ fortified settlement reveal the hidden story of the famous rebellion. Shays and the Regulators founded the settlement deep in the Vermont wilderness after fleeing the uprising they led in 1787 in Massachusetts. Rediscovered in 1997 and under study since 2013, these remnants divulge secrets of Shays’ life that previously remained unknown, including his connections to Millard Fillmore and the Anti-Federalist lawyer John Bay. As the leader of the site’s first formal study, Stephen Butz weaves together the tale of the archaeological investigation, along with Shays’ heroic life in the Continental Army, his role in the famous rebellion that bears his name and his influence on American Law.
About Stephen Butz (Washington County, New York Author)
Stephen Butz is an educator, writer, archaeologist and environmental scientist who has taught at the secondary and college level for over twenty years. Steve gained his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Cornell University and has published numerous books on the subjects of science, history and technology, including The Science of Earth Systems, Energy and Agriculture: Science Environment and Solutions, The Great Bone Race and Shall the Murder Go Unpunished!: The Life of Edward Rulloff. Steve is a co-director of the Shays’ Settlement Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting historical research, scientific inquiry and educational outreach. He lives along the Vermont / New York border, where he continues to teach, run the Shays’ Settlement archaeology field school and work on his various research projects.