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News Release
October 17, 2008
Contact: John P. Dumville
Royalton Historical Society
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(802) 763-8567


The Royalton Historical Society will host a hike to Oliver's Cave on Sunday, October 26 and all are welcome to join the easy walk to this area landmark tucked up in the hills of Royalton and Barnard.

The group will gather at 11:00 AM in the Richard Ellis Bandstand on the Green in South Royalton and car pool to the starting point.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring a picnic lunch which we will eat at the Cave.  Civil War historian and author Howard Coffin will lead the tour and reflect upon Vermont and this Civil War site.  Coffin will also talk about the Vermont Humanities Council's project on identifying Civil War home front sites throughout Vermont.  These are places where soldiers lived, locations where Vermonters congregated to support, oppose, or mourn the war, made munitions or supplies, and are memorialized.

Oliver's Cave takes its name from Oliver Plaisted, a well educated man who became a schoolteacher and who wanted to avoid the Civil War.  To do this he constructed a stone hut in which to seek refuge.  Today, Oliver's Cave, located in the Broad Brook area of town, is a popular and short hiking destination.  The one-room stone chamber with a massive stone slab for its roof, and the nearby rock piles and pits, leaves many open questions and a time for reflection.  For more information contact John Dumville at (802) 763-8567.


Photo available upon request.

John P. Dumville
Historic Sites Operations Chief
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
National Life Building, 2nd Floor
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-1201
Telephone: (802) 828-3051
Fax: (802) 828-3206
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