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Hubbardton Battle Re-enactment, July 7 & 8

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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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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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