Explore camp and brigade locations on this hike — May 5

On this exploration of the camps and brigade sites on Mount Independence, you won’t physically see the campfires of the soldiers of 1776 except in your mind’s eye.

Join a trio of Mount Independence experts on an exploration of the camps and brigade layouts of 1776-77.

Revolutionary War expert Mike Barbieri, Mount Independence Coalition president Stephen Zeoli, and site administrator Elsa Gilbertson lead the way on and off the trails in this special pre-opening day guided walk. This time of year the conditions are best for viewing ground features, before the under story camouflages them once the season advances.

The hike starts at 1:00 pm and will last approximately three hours. The fee is $5.00 for adults, free for children under 15. Wear sturdy boots, be prepared for off-trail walking, and dress for the weather. Co-sponsored by the Mount Independence Coalition.

This is the first of many programs scheduled for 2019. Opening day is Saturday, May 25. Regular hours will be daily, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm through October 13. Call 802-759-2412 for information about the hike.

The Mount Independence State Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark and is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War archeological 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.