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Strong Ground Guided History Walk

1 PM – 4 PM

Revolutionary War expert Mike Barbieri, Mount Independence Coalition president Stephen Zeoli, and site administrator Elsa Gilbertson lead a pre-season guided walk on and off the trails to explore this Revolutionary War site. The focus is looking for traces of Lt. John Trumbull’s Mount Independence, his work, and the American plans to build independence on Lake Champlain in 1776. Meet at museum for orientation. Wear sturdy boots, be prepared for off-trail walking, and dress for the weather. This is the first of two programs about John Trumbull. The second, an illustrated talk on May 28, delves into his epic painting, The Declaration of Independence. Co-sponsored by Mount Independence Coalition.

Hike into History

Enjoy fall at Mount Independence with a guided hike into history from 1:00 – 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 8th. Stephen Zeoli is your guide. He will show you many points of Revolutionary War interest, as we gear up for the 250th anniversary in 2026 of the Declaration of Independence and Mount Independence. Co-sponsored by Mount Independence Coalition. Included in museum admission--$6.00 adults, free for children under 15.

Conserving the Past, One Artifact at a Time

In 2021 the Mount Independence State Historic Site and Mount Independence Coalition completed a project to conserve 45 significant Revolutionary War metal artifacts found on Mount Independence over the decades. Site administrator Elsa Gilbertson and project consultants, long-time reenactors, and historians Michael Barbieri and Michael Blakeslee will have a conversation with visitors about some of these objects, their uses, how these objects got to Mount Independence in the first place (or were they made on site?), and what some of the stories are or might be behind seemingly simple or even odd objects. Questions and discussion welcome. Vermont Archaeology Month event. The artifact conservation work was conducted by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum conservation laboratory and funded by an agreement awarded by the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC) to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in partnership with the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 1 – 2 PM free with museum admission.

Hike into History: The Road to Independence

On this guided tour, walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers. Mount Independence Coalition president Stephen Zeoli is your guide from 12:00-3:00pm. As you walk around the site he will tell you about some of the events that led up to the Revolution—to get you thinking about the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and Mount Independence in 2026. Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. Co-sponsored by Mount Independence Coalition. 

Mushrooms on the Mount

The June program was so popular that mycologist Meg Madden is coming back in September for another guided walk to look for and learn about mushrooms on Mount Independence. Join us September 18th from 1:00-4:00pm. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Included in regular museum admission. Sponsored by the 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, 10:30 to 1:30, features experts at trail stations bringing the site's history to life. Afternoon military tactical, annual reading of Declaration of Independence, and camp life and skill demonstrations. Call (802) 948-2000 for additional details. 

SAT 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, SUN 10:00 AM -2:00 PM * $7

Inquiry into the Revolutionary Mind: What Were You Thinking Justus Sherwood and Ethan Allen?

Modern day historian Paul Andriscin turns back the time machine to interview Justus Sherwood, an early settler of New Haven, Vermont, and later a Loyalist spy, and Ethan Allen of the Green Mountain Boys. Patriot or Tory and discord in the Green Mountains, whose side were they on anyway? Where did their loyalties lie? Which George did they support? Event runs from 2:00 – 3:30 PM.

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