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July 3, 2008

Contact: Elsa Gilbertson, Regional Historic Site Administrator, (802)
759-2412, [log in to unmask] 

 


SOLDIERS ATOP MOUNT INDEPENDENCE


 

Orwell, Vt.- This time 231 years ago southern Lake Champlain was the
scene of bustling military activity.  On the night of July 5 and 6,
1777, the Northern Department of the American Army withdrew from Mount
Independence in Orwell and Fort Ticonderoga, as British Lt. Gen. John
Burgoyne sailed down the lake pursuing his plan to split New England off
from the rest of the United States.  Come to the Mount Independence
State Historic Site on Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, for Soldiers
Atop the Mount, the annual living history weekend featuring
Revolutionary War reenactors who recreate this exciting period in
American history.  It's fun for the whole family.  Admission is $6.00
for adults and free for children under 15, and includes entrance to the
museum and all activities.

 

Visitors can walk through the American and British camps, talking with
the men and women from reenactment units that portray some of the actual
units that garrisoned Mount Independence.  Watch the military tactical
demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, with a meeting and talking with
the reenactors session afterwards.  Learn how to drill the American and
British ways, visit the museum, and walk the trails.  The new Baldwin
Trail now has interpretive signs along its 1.6-mile route.  

 

On Saturday, the camps open at 10:30 with ongoing demonstrations of camp
life, a history scavenger hunt, and children's activities, 11:00 a.m.
learning how to drill the American way for children and the young at
heart, at 11:30 guided tours of the camps, 1:00 p.m. an artillery
demonstration, 2:00 the annual reading of the Declaration of
Independence, 2:15 a short concert by the Seth Warner Mount Independence
Fife and Drum Corps, and at 3:00 the narrated military tactical
demonstration with exciting military action encircling the audience.
There will be a food concession stand during the day.  

 

On Sunday, the camps open at 10:00 and the history scavenger hunt is on.
At 11:00 see the artillery demonstration, enjoy a guided camp tour at
11:30, experience the narrated military tactical demonstration at 1:30.
At 3:00 site interpreter Paul Andriscin will give an illustrated
program, "What the Soldiers Carried and Why," in the auditorium.   Call
for details.

 

Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, is near the end of
Mount Independence Road six miles west of the intersection of Vermont
Routes 22A and 73 in Orwell.  It includes an air conditioned visitor
center and museum and nearly six miles of hiking trails.  It is open
daily through October 13, 9:30 to 5:00.  Call (802) 948-2000 for more
information or visit www.HistoricVermont.org/sites. 

 

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The Vermont State Historic Sites:  History Where it Happened

 

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

www.HistoricVermont.org/sites

The Vermont State Historic Sites:  History Where It Happened