Carleton’s Prize

Carleton's Prize photo courtesy Lake Champlain Land Trust

Carleton’s Prize is an island off the shore of South Hero, VT.  This island is very rocky, but is home to several rare plant species.


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Carleton’s Prize was conserved in 1978, and it was the first property that was donated to the Land Trust.  The island is named for a British general named Carleton who thought the island was an American ship on a foggy morning in 1776 during the Revolutionary War.  Cannon balls have been found on the island, supporting the story that the British general fired relentlessly on the island thinking it was an American ship.  The stewardship of this island is made possible to a memorial fund for Chuck de Burlo, a long-time Land Trust board member.