Never Heard of Rock Point Center?
That may be because, until recently, the Rock Point Center was called the Bishop Booth Conference Center that provided lodging and meeting space to individuals and groups of all kinds. Thinking that such a religious sounding title might be a deterrent for more secular visitors, the Rock Point Board of Directors agreed in early 2019 to the name change.
Conveyed to the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont in 1854 by John Henry Hopkins,Jr., son of the state's first bishop and eighth Presiding Bishop, Rock Point was designated to be a home for its bishops and for educational purposes. For over 164 years the property has grown in environmental and historical significance, most recently taking the form of a coalition consisting of the Parks Foundation of Burlington, the Lake Champlain Land Trust, the Episcopal Church in Vermont, and the City of Burlington.
Working together the coalition and their volunteers will improve hiking trail conditions, public access, signage, and awareness of this 130-acre property on Lake Champlain where glorious views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks may be found along with the Rock Point Center, Rock Point Summer Camp, the Rock Point School, and an unusual geological fault visited by people from around the world.
Rock Point Center incorporates 17 bedrooms, ranging in size from doubles to quads, and 6 meeting spaces (four with views of Lake Champlain)
making it a welcoming sanctuary for a broad range of organizations that include personal growth groups, entities from local colleges and university, secondary and primary schools, human service agencies, the State of Vermont, spiritual retreats and meetings of faith communities and some profit-sector organizations. In addition to hosting Rock Point Camp in the summer, Rock Point Center also welcomes family reunions, weddings, and memorial services. Sugarsnap Catering, often called “the best caterer in town,” provides meals to many groups.
“Our goal,” said Tony Drapelick, Manager of Rock Point Center, “is to make the public aware of Rock Point Center and to share the incredible beauty and serenity of the property.”