> Revolutionary Troops Take Mount Independence in Annual Encampment
> ORWELL, Vt. - Revolutionary War troops will once again guard Mount
> Independence during the annual Soldiers Atop the Mount event, Saturday
> July 24 and Sunday July 25. Unlike the 1776-1777 occupation, however,
> British troops will be encamped alongside American forces.
> Soldiers from throughout New England and New York will demonstrate
> military drills that took place at this once bustling fort site. Their
> wives and children will depict the chores of camp life--cooking, sewing
> and other crafts.
> The wares of the many artisans who supplied the garrison will also be
> exhibited. Displays of period watercrafts, including a bateau and a long
> boat, will highlight the maritime role of the troops at Mount
> Independence. Bateaus were the workhorses of the time, used as supply
> vessels to transport troops and cargo. Long boats were service boats for
> larger ships.
> From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday June 24, archaeologist and author David
> Starbuck will be signing copies of his most recent book The Great Warpath:
> British Military Sites from Albany to Crown Point. Starbuck, who has
> directed archaeological research at several colonial and Revolutionary War
> period sites, oversaw the archaeological investigations at Mount
> Independence from 1989 through 1992.
> "Soldiers Atop the Mount" is co-sponsored by the Living History
> Association, the Mount Independence Coalition, the Fort Ticonderoga
> Association, and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
> The encampment is open to the public 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and
> 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for
> children under 15.
> Mount Independence was the sister fort to Ticonderoga during the
> Revolutionary War and played a key role in delaying a British attack from
> Canada in 1776. Mount Independence is located on the shores of Lake
> Champlain, 5 miles west of the juncture of Routes 22A and 73 in Orwell.
> The Visitor Center and Museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and
> is wheelchair accessible. For more information about the site, call
> For information about Vermont's state-owned historic sites contact John
> Dumville, 802-828-3051 or visit them on-line at
> www.cit.state.vt.us/dca/historic/hp_sites.htm. For information about this
> event contact
Audrey Porsche, 802-759-2412 or Bev Jacobson, 802-985-9729.
> Book Signing Highlights Abenaki Basket Maker's Life
> ADDISON, Vt. - Abenaki author Trudy Ann Parker will discuss her book, Aunt
> Sarah: Woman of the Dawnland, during a book signing at Chimney Point State
> Historic Site, Saturday July 24, 1 p.m.
> Trudy Ann Parker is Town Clerk in Lunenburg and a descendant of Aunt
> Sarah. The book signing is in conjunction with the exhibit "Weaving
> Tradition into a Changing World: 200 Years of Abenaki Basketry."
> Aunt Sarah was an Abenaki basket maker and healing woman. She was born in
> St. Francis, Quebec, but lived in Lunenburg until her death in 1931 at age
> 108. Sarah's grandfather was a warrior who pursued Major Robert Rogers
> and his Rangers after their surprise attack on the sleeping village of St.
> Francis, Quebec, in 1759. When Sarah was a baby, her father, chief of a
> band of St. Francis Abenakis, moved the family to New England. Parker's
> book chronicles Sarah's family history and her struggles and triumphs
> living away from her St. Francis Abenaki community in Canada.
> Chimney Point State Historic Site is devoted to telling the story of
> Vermont's Native American and French heritage. Native Americans have used
> the area as a seasonal camp for several thousand years. The French
> fortified region and established settlements during the 1730s-1750s.
> The Chimney Point museum is housed in an historic tavern building that
> operated as an inn at the turn of the century. Chimney Point is open
> Wednesday - Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. It is located by the Champlain
> Bridge, at the junction of Routes 17 and 125. Admission is $2.00 for
> adults; children under 15 are admitted for free. For more information
> about the event or other programs at the site, call 802-759-2412.