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Would you please put out the following press release?  Thank you.

June 8, 2007
Contact: Elsa Gilbertson, Regional Historic Site Administrator,
802-759-2412, 
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BATTLE OF HUBBARDTON ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

HUBBARDTON, Vt. - It was 230 years ago in the green hills of Hubbardton
that British troops under Lt. Gen. John Burgoyne first met the
resistance and bravery of Americans in battle.  Experience the sights
and sounds of the Revolutionary War--musket fire cracking, black powder
smoke curling in the air, food cooking over open fires, men in breeches
and waistcoats, women in long skirts and caps-at the Battle of
Hubbardton living history weekend on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7.


The weekend features activities for all ages and interests.  Over 500
reenactors portraying American and British soldiers are expected,
including a unit representing that of Massachusetts Col. Ebenezer
Francis, who died in the battle.  The public is invited to enjoy
tactical and artillery demonstrations, camp life activities, Mistress
Davenport's School house, courts martial, learning how to drill, guided
camp and battlefield tours, a history scavenger hunt, and sutlers row
for a colonial shopping experience.  Saturday afternoon reenactors
walking from Orwell's Mount Independence, to commemorate the American
withdrawal, will arrive, and there will be a battle tactical.  

The weekend highlight is the battle reenactment on Sunday, with troops
starting formations about 7:30 a.m. and the battle beginning at 8:00
a.m.  Around 9:00 a.m. see the start of a symbolic Revolutionary relay
across Vermont to Windsor's Old Constitution House, also celebrating a
230th anniversary--of Vermont's Constitution.  The modern relay will
carry to the constitutional delegates in Windsor the news about the
battle and withdrawal from Mt. Independence and Fort Ticonderoga.   

During the Battle of Hubbardton soldiers from Vermont, Massachusetts,
and New Hampshire fought in a decisive rear guard action to halt the
British army and allow the main American army under Maj. Gen. Arthur St.
Clair to withdraw southward to safety from Fort Ticonderoga and Mount
Independence.  Events at Hubbardton saved St. Clair's troops and led to
the stunning American victory in October 1777 at the Battle of Saratoga,
considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War and in world
history.

The site opens at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.  Sunday's events start about
7:30 a.m.  Admission each day is $5.00 for adults and free for children
under 15.  There will be food available both days and plenty of nearby
parking.  The event is offered by a partnership of the Vermont Division
for Historic Preservation, Living History Association, and the
Hubbardton Historical Society with support from other Hubbardton
organizations and area Scouts and businesses.    

The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site is located on Monument
Hill Road 6 miles off VT Route 30 in Hubbardton or 7 miles off exit 5 on
US Route 4 in Castleton.  Carefully follow the signs.  The site is
regularly open Wednesday through Sunday and Monday holidays, 9:30 to
5:00 p.m.  For more information about the Battlefield or this event,
call (802) 273-2282.  
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For information about Vermont's state-owned historic sites: John
Dumville, 802-828-3051, 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

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