Col. Joseph Battell, a wealthy philanthropist, bought thousands of acres near Middlebury (pop. 8,183) in the late 1800s to protect the area from development. Much of the land, which became part of the Green Mountain National Forest, was bequeathed to Middlebury College.
Philanthropist Bequeathed Land in Green Mountain National Forest
TriviaBy American Profile on February 22, 2009
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