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Hike into History

Walk in the tireless footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers. Visit with Historic Site Interpreters at two key locations. Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. Pre-registration required. Co-sponsored by Mount Independence Coalition

Children’s Revolutionary Morning Camp

Children will enjoy Revolutionary times learning about Mount Independence, archaeology, and more, with walks and new hands-on activities from 9:30 am to 12:30 each day. Attendees will make special items to bring home. Ages 6 to 11. Limited space. Pre-registration required. Camp fee: $75. Information on sibling discounts and scholarships. Call (802) 948-2000 to register. 

Ministering to the Soldiers

Michael Blakeslee, historic site interpreter and long-time reenactor, speaks about the American chaplains who served at Mount Independence in 1776 and 1777. Who were they, what did they do, and why were chaplains important in the war effort? Learn about a few other soldiers who served here and later became ministers.

Talk: The Battle of Bennington

To follow up on the book discussion, Ennis Duling, editor of Strong Ground, offers an illustrated talk on the Battle of Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, and tells stories about the people involved. Co-sponsored by Mount Independence Coalition.

"Look to the Mountain" Book Discussion

The Orwell Free Library offers a group book discussion on the classic historic novel from 1942, Look to the Mountain, by LeGrand Cannon Jr. The Battle of Bennington is featured in the book. Bring your book and a picnic lunch. Call the library at (802) 948-2041 for more information. Co-sponsored by Mount Independence Coalition and Orwell Free Library.

Early Bird Nature Walk

Sue Wetmore, our bird expert, introduces you to the birds of spring and spring migration. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. No pets please. Meet in front of the Museum. Co-sponsored by Mount Independence Coalition. 

Hike into History

Enjoy the last day of the 2019 season with a guided hike into history. Stephen Zeoli is your guide. Co-sponsored by Mount Independence Coalition.

Portraits of Independence: The Faces of Mount Independence

This illustrated symposium examines the story of Mount Independence through the portraits of the limited number of people who were here and whose likenesses were taken. Site administrator Elsa Gilbertson presents the cast of characters and their portraits, removed from today’s audience by only one degree of separation (through the hand of the artists). A panel of responders, Michael Barbieri, Ennis Duling, and Stephen Zeoli, moderated by site interpreter Paul Andriscin, will provide insights about these people, such as what was happening when they were at Mount Independence, their Contributions, interactions, and if they survived, what they did after the war. Audience participation and discussion welcome. Light refreshments.

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 soldiers on a woods skirmish, annual reading of Declaration of Independence on Sunday, camp life and skill demonstrations, and activities for all ages. Illustrated talks both days. Call (802) 948-2000 for details.

Cost: $6.00

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