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Swanton’s Royal Swans

The Swanton Chamber of Commerce maintains the Swanton “Royal” swans. These swans were a gift from the Queen of England in 1961. This bestowal was the brainstorm of a Montreal public relations man with a camp in Swanton, who wanted to do something to celebrate the town’s 1963 bicentennial. He arranged for a pair of swans to be sent from a naturalist trust in Norfolk, England with the Queen’s blessing, to Swanton, where they spend summers on the green and winters with the MVU Agricultural Department. While today’s swans aren’t the original (or even descended from them), Swanton still calls them the Royal Swans.”