Enjoy a springtime history walk on the grounds of the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The program runs from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with several stopping points for those who may need to leave early.
Experts on the Revolutionary War history of the Mount will lead the walk on and off the trails. We will explore the defensive works of 1776 and 1777 that are best seen in spring before the leaves are fully out. We’ll also look at some artifacts recovered during archaeological investigations in some of these areas.
Your leaders are Revolutionary War expert Mike Barbieri, Mount Independence Coalition president Stephen Zeoli, and site administrator Elsa Gilbertson. See why the Northern American Army decided to build a major new defensive system on this peninsula they described as “strong ground.”
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This is one of many programs this year to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the American, British, and German occupation of the Mount. Meet at the museum for orientation. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, be prepared to go off trail, dress for the weather, and bring water if you like. This special event brings you to this historic site before it opens for the season on Saturday, May 27.
The program is co-sponsored by the Mount Independence Coalition and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children under 15. Call 802-759-2412 for more information.
The Mount Independence State Historic Site is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War archaeological sites. It is located at 497 Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of Vermont Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Carefully follow the signs. The site will open for the regular season on Saturday, May 27. Regular hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through October 15.