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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
        
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." 

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. 

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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Telephone: (802) 828-3051

Visit our Web Site to learn more about the State-Owned Historic Sites:
www.HistoricVermont.org <www.HistoricVermont.org>

The State-Owned Historic Sites are where history happened. 

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