Ethan Allen Homestead Enrichment Program: Leased Land and Other Ancient VT Laws
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New Hampshire charters to land that became Vermont required proprietors to set aside lots dedicated to the school, the church, the first settled minister, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG), among other beneficiaries. Each right might be 300 acres of land, and they were leased to private citizens, who paid a modest amount for the use of the land. Two hundred and fifty years later, lease lands are back in the news. Title and mortgage companies, confused by this archaic system of public lands, are balking at loaning money or insuring them.
Paul Gillies, a historian of Vermont legal history, will explain the origins, entanglements, case law, and history of lease lands on Sunday, January 15, 2017, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Gillies is the author of Uncommon Law, Ancient Roads, and Other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History, published in 2013 by the Vermont Historical Society, among other books, and spoke at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum Lecture Series in 2013.
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