The largest river located in New England is the Connecticut River. The beginning point of the river is from the Connecticut Lakes out of New Hampshire. The river’s route designates the border between New Hampshire and Vermont.
Historically the river has always been heavy with silt and this has created a large sandbar near the mouth. Unfortunately, it makes navigation difficult. Dutch explorer Adriaen Block discovered the Connecticut River in 1614 and named it the “Fresh River.” The Dutch constructed a trading post with added defenses in 1623, which was the future site for today’s Hartford, Connecticut.You can find a quick rundown here
Later in the 19th century the river was used by loggers to send their merchandise to the north, specifically the Nulhegan River basin located in Essex County, Vermont. This practice was stopped when the owners of pleasure boat cruises were unhappy about the dangers this trip posed to their journeys.
In the early spring of 1936, a heavy snowfall combined with an early thaw and heavy rains caused catastrophic flooding, taking out bridges and stranding hundreds of people. Rescues were made by boat and the Vernon, Vermont dam was underwater by 19 feet. Residents banded together to sandbag and were able to save the dam’s powerhouse from being overcome by water.