Canaan/Hereford Border Crossing, Vermont

The Canaan/Hereford crossing is one of 15 border crossings along the top of Vermont, where the relatively straight West Line generally follows  the 45th Parallel, forming the border.  The boundary splits an old building, now located between the two Ports of Entry, in half. The two-story wooden structure, more than 100 feet long, used to be a store, with exterior doors on each side of the line, and a connecting door between them inside. It was also a watering hole popular during Prohibition, when liquor could be legally bought and consumed on the Canadian side. The building is unoccupied, and in disrepair, though its owner holds on to it, to the chagrin of the Boundary Commission. It is one of a nearly dozen buildings in Vermont that are divided by the international boundary.