Smuggling on the Vermont/Quebec Border Then and Now
Smuggling along the Vermont/Quebec border has been part of life in the border region for generations. For example, during the War of 1812 some border residents smuggled goods north to trade with the enemy, the British, who were stationed in Quebec. Then during Prohibition, the years between 1920 and 1933 in which the United States band the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol, alcohol was smuggled south across the border to alcohol thirsty Americans. Today border officials keep an eye out for everything from drugs to weapons of terror being smuggled into Vermont.
Come to the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport on Wednesday, May 18 and learn about smuggling on the border – then and now. The emphasis of the presentation will focus on the Orleans County section of the border. This presentation, which is hosted by Vermont’s Northland Journal and the Goodrich Memorial Library, will include two speakers. Scott Wheeler, the publisher of the Northland Journal, and the author of the book Rumrunners and Revenuers: Prohibition in Vermont, will talk about a bit of the history of smuggling on the border. Fernando Beltran, the Agent in Charge of the U.S. Border Patrol Station in Newport, will talk about smuggling along the border today.
The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Located on Main Street, the library is handicap accessible. This presentation is a time to learn about the history and changing face of smuggling on the border, not to debate current border regulations or enforcement strategies.
Scott Wheeler (right), the publisher of VT’s
Northland Journal, and Fernando Beltran (left), the Agent in Charge of the U.S. Border Patrol station in Newport, will talk about the history of smuggling on the Vermont/Quebec border.