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A Signal Victory: Bennington, August 16, 1777

Join the Mount Independence Coalition and the Orwell Free Library for this talk by author, historian and Coalition board member Ennis Duling about the Battle of Bennington. The talk will be centered on people and their personalities, especially John Stark of New Hampshire and Seth Warner of Vermont. The talk is given in conjunction with the Orwell Free Library reading program and connected to the book Look to the Mountain, by Legrand Cannon, Jr.  The Coalition respectfully requests that attendees wear masks in the auditorium.  Consider calling, 802-948-2000, to reserve a seat. 


Mushrooms on the Mount

Do you see interesting mushrooms in your travels and wish you knew more about what they are? Would you like to learn tips about how to more confidently identify wild mushrooms? Join naturalist, mycologist, and professional photographer Meg Madden for a curiosity walk along the hiking trails of Mount Independence. As a myco-educator Meg loves to share her knowledge of the natural world, particularly when it comes to all things fungi! Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Included in regular museum admission.  Sponsored by the Mount Independence Coalition. 

Hike into History

On this guided tour, walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers. Mount Independence Coalition president Stephen Zeoli is your guide from noon until 3:00 PM. Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. Co-sponsored by Mount Independence Coalition.  Included in regular museum admission ($5.00 adults/free under 15). 

REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN of the Southern Lake Champlain Valley

This illustrated program introduces some of the resilient women of Vermont’s southern Lake Champlain Valley during the American Revolution, and provides national context. How did the war interrupt their lives? What were their contributions leading to settlement and as founders of their new towns and the new nation? Speakers are site administrator Elsa Gilbertson and site interpreter Paul Andriscin. An event delayed from 2020--in honor of the 101st anniversary of the 19th amendment. Part of a project funded by the Lake Champlain Heritage Partnership and Lake Champlain Basin Program. Please call ahead, 802-948-2000, to reserve your place. Included in regular admission.

Soldiers Atop the Mount

Reenactors honor the 1776-1777 history of Mount Independence during this living history event.  The popular interactive Baldwin Trail Walkabout, from 10:30 to 1:30, features experts at trail stations bringing the site’s history to life. Military tacticals and camp life and skills demonstrations. The day ends at 5:00. Admission is $6.00.

Call (802) 948-2000 for details and to learn if additional activities will be scheduled for Sunday, September 5.

National Trails Day Hike

Join your guide Steve Zeoli for a 3-plus mile walk around Mount Independence to celebrate National Trails Day. We will walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers who encamped here from July 1776 to July 1777, as well as British soldiers stationed her from July to October 1777. There will be a $5.00 entrance fee for adults over 15 years of age. Younger people and Mount Independence Coalition members enter free.

Bring water, a lunch or snacks, and dress appropriately for a day in the woods. The walk is expected to run from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Those who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask. If you have questions, please call 802-948-2000.

Mount Independence-Hubbardton Military Road Car Tour

On this 10th annual driving tour, Jim Rowe, president of the Crown Point Road Association, is your leader to look at the first leg of the 1776 Mount Independence-Hubbardton Military Road. Meet at the Mount Independence museum with your own car at 10:00 AM. The tour will end at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton at 1:00 PM. Co-sponsored by Crown Point Road Association.


Guided Bird Walk

Starting in front of the museum, Sue Wetmore, will guide you on this walk to look for and identify the birds of spring. Walk will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. Wear study shoes and dress for the weather. No pets please. 

Hike into History

Enjoy the last day of the 2020 season with a guided hike into history. Stephen Zeoli is your guide. The hike will run from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Co-sponsored by Mount Independence Coalition.

Soldiers Atop the Mount

Reenactors honor the 1776-1777 history of Mount Independence during this living history weekend.  Saturday’s popular interactive Baldwin Trail Walkabout features experts at trail stations bringing the site’s history to life. Follow the footsteps of soldiers on a woods skirmish, explore camp life and skill demonstrations, take in an illustrated talk, and enjoy activities for all ages. Admission fee: $6. Call (802) 948-2000 for details. Vermont Archaeology Month event.

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