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>September 1, 2005
>Contact: Elsa Gilbertson, Regional Historic Site Administrator, 802-759-2412
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>GENERAL HORATIO GATES
>AT MOUNT INDEPENDENCE
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>ORWELL, Vt. - Many people know the colorful British General John Burgoyne,
>"Gentleman Johnny," surrendered after the Revolutionary War battles of
>Saratoga, but who was the American general he surrendered to?  "Granny
>Gates?"  Who was he?  Come to the Mount Independence State Historic Site in
>Orwell, Vermont, on Friday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. as English
>actor-playwright Howard Burnham presents "Northern Laurels to Southern
>Willows: the Rise and Fall of Horatio Gates."
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>The program, sponsored by the Mount Independence Coalition and Vermont
>Division for Historic Preservation, is free and open to the public.
>Donations to the Coalition are appreciated.
>
>Major General Horatio Gates was the British-born commander of the American's
>Northern Department during the Revolutionary War and the one who received
>Burgoyne's surrender.  In this program Gates (Burnham) reads his apologia to
>Nathanial Greene as he hands over the Southern Department Army in December
>1780, tracing his early life and triumphs in the north.
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>Burnham has been at Mount Independence the past two years to give his highly
>acclaimed John Burgoyne interpretation.  On Saturday, September 24, at 10:30
>a.m., come back to the Mount to see Burnham dressed as General Burgoyne give
>a program for children and the young at heart as part of Family Archaeology
>and History Day.
>
>The doors open for the Gates program at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.  Seating is
>limited.  The program on Saturday is $5.00 for adults, free for children
>under 15, and includes admission to the Visitor Center and trails.
>
>Mount Independence, one of Vermont's state-owned historic sites, is a
>National Historic Landmark and one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War
>sites in America.   It is located near the end of Mount Independence Road,
>six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 in Orwell.  Call
>802-948-2000 for more information.
>
>For more information about all the state-owned sites contact John Dumville
>at (802) 828-3051 or visit:  www.HistoricVermont.org/sites
><www.HistoricVermont.org/sites> .
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>John P. Dumville
>Historic Sites Operations Chief
>Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
>National Life Building, Drawer 20
>Montpelier, Vermont  05620-0501
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>E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
>Telephone: (802) 828-3051
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>Visit our Web Site to learn more about the State-Owned Historic Sites:
>www.HistoricVermont.org <www.HistoricVermont.org>
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>The State-Owned Historic Sites are where history happened.

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