The life of Robert Franzoni

Bob Franzoni (right foreground) at the 2010 Hubbardton Battle re-enactment.

The Vermont State Historic Sites and the Mount Independence Coaltion celebrate the life and good works of Robert Franzoni. Bob passed away on December 1, 2021, after a short illness. For many years he participated as a reenactor in the Hubbardton Battle living history weekend, leading informative and entertaining interactive encampment and battlefield tours. Upon retirement he became a historic site interpreter, mostly based at the Hubbardton Battlefield, but also working at the Mount Independence and Chimney Point State Historic Sites. He enjoyed offering his program at the East Hubbardton Cemetery with the Hubbardton Historical Society president. His outstanding contribution to the understanding of the Hubbardton Battlefield is his short film, “The Voices of Hubbardton,” created with the help of his son Alec. For several years he filmed for it at the Hubbardton Battle weekend, wanting to get everything just right. Bob so enjoyed talking to visitors from all over the world and sharing his knowledge about the historic sites, particularly the importance of the Revolution’s Northern Campaign. He enjoyed helping with school group visits, bringing this history to life for the young scholars. We appreciated his gentle sense of humor, his courtesy to his co-workers and indeed to everyone, and how he loved to share his joy of learning and the history of our sites. Peace to you now Bob.