But Adams did not just read books. He battled them. The casual presumption that there is some kind of rough correlation between the books in the library of any prominent historical figure and the person’s cast of mind would encounter catastrophe with Adams, because he tended to buy and read book with which he profoundly disagreed. Then, as he read, he recorded in the margins and at the bottom of the pages his usually hostile opinions of the arguments and authors.... [T]he Adams marginalia constitute evidence more revealing of his convictions about political theory than any of his official publications.
|Bennington Battle Monument||Bennington||An obelisk marks the site where military supplies were stored and commemorates the battle that took place two miles away in New York.|
|Bennington Museum||Bennington||Memorializes the Battle of Bennington (1777); includes local and military artifacts and the “Bennington Flag.”|
|Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site||Hubbardton||The visitor center has a museum that includes artifacts and a diorama of the battle.|
|Mount Independence State Historic Site||Orwell||Remnants of a fort and the most important Revolutionary War site in Vermont. Originally connected to Fort Ticonderoga by a floating bridge.|
|Lake Champlain Maritime Museum||Vergennes||Dedicated to preserving the maritime history of Lake Champlain, it includes a replica of a gunboat used by Benedict Arnold.|
|Old Constitution House||Windsor||Delegates from the independent state of Vermont met here to write a constitution, making it a republic.|
Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams (1993)