Orwell, Vt.-On October 28, 1776, the British fleet of Governor-General of
Canada, Sir Guy Carleton neared the heavily defended American fortifications
at Mount Independence in Orwell and Fort Ticonderoga.  After several ships
were fired upon and Carleton learned of the nearly 13,000 American troops
ready for his next move, Carleton ordered his forces back to Canada until a
new attempt could be made in the spring.

The 225th anniversary of this Revolutionary War event will be commemorated
on October 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mount Independence State Historic Site.
Visitors should arrive by 1:30 p.m. to hike to the program site.  Wear
hiking shoes and dress for the weather.  David Pinkham, Mount Independence
Coalition board member, will describe the events of 225 years ago.  A small
boat on the lake will represent Carleton's fleet and a cannon at Mount
Independence will symbolize the mighty and defiant American forces.
Participants will be encouraged to shout "huzzahs" to speed Carleton back to
Canada.  The Mount Independence State Historic Site, including the Visitor
Center, will be open to the public on October 27 from 9:30 to 4:30.
Admission is $2.00 for adults and free for children under 15.

The night before, October 26, Willard Sterne Randall, Professor of History
at Champlain College, will give a lecture, "The British Are Coming," at 7:30
p.m. in Alumni Auditorium, 163 South Willard Street, Champlain College.
Randall will discuss the Revolutionary events on Lake Champlain in the fall
of 1776.  This program is free, open to the public, and wheelchair
accessible.  It is sponsored by the Vermont Council on the Humanities and
the Mount Independence Coalition.

Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, was a major American
defense post against the British invading from Canada during the
Revolutionary War.  To reach Mount Independence take Vermont Routes 73 or
22A in Orwell and carefully follow the signs.  For further information, call
(802) 759-2412 or visit the Vermont state-owned historic sites web site:

Elsa Gilbertson
Regional Historic Site Administrator
Chimney Point State Historic Site
7305 VT Route 125
Addison, VT 05491
Phone:  (802) 759-2412      Fax:  (802) 759-2547
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