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*Subject:* Vt's Western region historic sites open May 24th


May 13, 2008

Contact: Elsa Gilbertson, Regional Historic Site Administrator, 802-759-2412

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Addison, Vt. --The Vermont state historic sites of Chimney Point in 
Addison, Mount Independence in Orwell, and the Hubbardton Battlefield in 
Hubbardton will open for the 2008 season on Saturday, May 24, at 9:30 a.m. 


Chimney Point on Lake Champlain is one of the earliest, mostly intensely 
settled, and most strategic sites on the lake.  Exhibits and programs 
present the story of the three early cultures in the area ---Native 
American, French colonial, and early American.  Highlights of the season 
include hands on Sunday afternoons, second Saturdays exploring the 
French Colonial past, the annual evening social on July 31^st , the 
13^th annual Northeast Open Atlatl Championship weekend, September 12 to 
14, and a problem on the Fameuse, an early French apple, on October 11.  
Chimney Point is open Wednesdays to Sundays and Monday holidays, 
including Memorial Day, from 9:30 to 5:00. 


Orwell's Mount Independence, named after the Declaration of 
Independence, was built in 1776-77 on Lake Champlain to protect the 
American colonies against British invasion from the north.  The museum's 
exhibits include the talking hologram sculpture and exciting 
Revolutionary War artifacts from the site, including two huge logs from 
the Great Bridge and a cannon recovered from Lake Champlain.  Six miles 
of scenic walking and hiking trails wind past archaeological sites.  The 
season begins on Saturday, May 26, at 7:00 a.m. with the favorite annual 
Early Bird Nature Walk, led by bird expert Susan Wetmore.  No pets 
please.  The fee is $5.00 for adults.  On June 14^th the new 
interpretive signage on the 1.6-mile long Baldwin Trail, with compacted 
surfaces, gentle grades, will be unveiled.  Other special events include 
the annual Soldiers Atop the Mount encampment on July 19 and 20, and 
musical events on June 14, July 11, and July 19.   The site is open 
daily, 9:30 to 5:00.


        The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site is the location
        of Vermont's only Revolutionary War battle.  The annual living
        history weekend, with the battle reenactment, is July 5 and 6. 
        Other programs include lectures, guided hikes on September 20
        and October 5^th , and astronomy programs on August 16 and 30. 
        This year the site is open Thursdays through Sundays and Monday
        holidays, including Memorial Day, from 9:30 to 5:00.


All sites have scenic grounds for walking and picnics.  Each has a 
modest admission fee for adults.  Children under 15 are free.  Come 
visit the Vermont state historic sites--history where it happened! 


For directions, more information about the sites, or to receive a 
calendar of events, please call 802-759-2412 or visit <>/sites. 




For more information about the Vermont State Historic Sites contact John 
Dumville, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
(802) 828-3051).   

Elsa Gilbertson

Regional Historic Site Administrator

VT Div. for Historic Preservation

Chimney Point, Mount Independence, & Hubbardton Battlefield State 
Historic Sites


Address:  Chimney Point State Historic Site

7305 VT Route 125

Addison, VT 05491

(802) 759-2412

Fax:  (802) 759-2547

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