Mount Independence, Orwell

  • Sunday, August 03, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    On this tour, walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers.  Mount Independence Coalition president Steve Zeoli will be your guide.  Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather.  

    Visitors on a guided walk

    Event LocationMount Independence, Orwell

    Fee:  Adult:  $5.00, children under 15: free

    Registration:  N/A

  • Sunday, August 10, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    "A Walk on the (Cambrian) Beach: The Geology of Mount Independence and Southern Lake Champlain"
    Geologist Helen Mango from Castleton State College leads this hike exploring the geology of Mount Independence and southern Lake Champlain, from the oldest rocks in the Potsdam Formation to the newer rocks of the Great Meadows Formation.  Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.

    Event LocationMount Independence, Orwell

    Fee:  Adult: $5.00, children under 15: free

    Registration:  N/A

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

    Site interpreter Karl Crannell demonstrates a variety of trades and skills used by the soldiers at Mount Independence and colonial period settlers. 

    building defenses with brush

    Event LocationMount Independence, Orwell

    Fee:  Adult: $5.00, children under 15: free

    Registration:  N/A

  • Saturday, August 16, 2014: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Showing throughout the day is the short film, Commemorating the Battle of Bennington with Howard Coffin, edited by Jackie Marro for the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument.  Bennington Battle Day program. Film showing from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

    Event LocationMount Independence, Orwell

    Fee:  Adult:  $5.00, children under 15:  free

    Registration:  N/A

  • Saturday, August 30, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Noted historian and author Willard Sterne Randall will discuss the War of 1812 on Lake Champlain, and the battle that really decided the outcome of the war and led to the Peace Treaty of Ghent.  Randall’s book on the war, "1814: America Forged by Fire," comes out this year, the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh.

    Event Location:  Mount Independence, Orwell

    Fee:  Included in admission.  Adult:  $5.00; children under 15: free

    Registration:  N/A

  • Saturday, September 06, 2014: 9:30 am to Sunday, September 07, 2014: 3:30 pm

    Step back to 1776 and 1777 as reenactors take over the Mount, demonstrating Revolutionary War camp life, military tactics, colonial crafts, firing artillery, cooking, and making clothing.  Interactive “walkabout” on trails and grounds on Saturday.  Special activities for children.  Annual reading of the Declaration of Independence and music by the Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife & Drum Corps.  Activities for all ages.  Vermont Archaeology Month event.  Call 802-948-2000 for details. 

    Talking with the reenactors

    Baldwin Trail "walkabout"

    Event Location:  Mount Independence, Orwell

    Fee:  Adult:  $6.00, children under 15: free

    Registration:  N/A

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

    Learn the top 10 easy-to-identify edible fungi with mycologist Sue Van Hook. If you have a hand lens, small basket and a field knife, these will come in handy (though are not necessary) during the foraging walk following the morning talk. Bring a picnic lunch and water. 

    mushroom workshop teacher

    Event Location:  Mount Independence, Orwell

    Fee:  Adult: $25 per person, $45 for two; children 6-12, with adult: free

    Registration:  Pre-registration required.  Email elsa.gilbertson@state.vt.us or call 802-948-200 after May 24, 2014

  • Saturday, September 27, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    An Inquiry into the Revolutionary Mind: What Were You Thinking, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison?Modern day historian Paul Andriscin turns back the time machine to 1791 to interview Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and others about their May-June visit to the Lake Champlain Valley, Vermont, and northern sites of the American Revolution. Did future president Jefferson know his Declaration of Independence was the inspiration in July 1776 for the name Mount Independence? 

    Revolutionary Mind program

    Event location:  Mount Independence, Orwell

    Fee:  Adult: $5.00, children under 15: free

    Registration:  N/A

  • Saturday, October 11, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    “Join, or Die”: Political Cartoons of the American Revolution--Historian and site interpreter Paul Andriscin looks at political cartoons of the American Revolution in this illustrated program.  What did they mean, what was their impact on both sides of the Atlantic, and which ones still resonate? 

    Event Location:  Mount Independence, Orwell

    Fee:  Adult: $5.00, children under 15: free

    Registration:  N/A

  • Sunday, October 12, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Mount Independence Coalition president Steve Zeoli leads this three mile autumn hike out to the Mount’s northern point.  The focus is on the Mount Independence-Hubbardton Military Road, built in the autumn of 1776.  The hike will go out to the point (the northernmost point of Mount Independence.  Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather.  This is the last in the series of three 2014 on the ground events exploring sections of the military road. (August 23, 2014, car tour starting at the Hubbardton Battlefield, and September 28, 2014, military road hike from the Hubbardton Battlefield).

    on guided walk

    Event Location:  Mount Independence, Orwell

    Fee:  Adult: $5.00, children under 15: free

    Registration:  N/A