The year 1816 was the coldest in Vermont’s history, as a frost hit every month. Crops failed, food was scarce, people left the state by the thousands. That year of suffering, known in Vermont as “1800 and froze to death.” was actually part of a worldwide disaster science now understands. But in 1816, it appeared to many that the world was ending. Out of it all came stories that survive to tell a chilling tale.