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Hike into History

1 PM – 4 PM

Enjoy Fall at Mount Independence with a guided hike into history. 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. 

Putting the Garden to Bed

9 AM – 12 PM (FREE EVENT!)

Assist our Master Gardeners with the annual autumn “putting the garden to bed” day at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site in Strafford, Vermont. Tasks include cutting back perennials and pulling annuals, raking, mulching, weeding, bringing old plants to the compost area—generally cleaning up the kitchen garden and ornamental garden beds and preparing them for the winter and the next growing season. (Master Gardeners can earn outreach hours with us.) All Welcome.

Fall Festival

10 AM – 4 PM

Sure to be a family favorite, the Fall Festival in Plymouth Notch will feature many popular fall activities. Enjoy a hayride with Farmer Fred, taste multiple varieties of Vermont-grown heritage apples, watch cider pressing, and observe the handiwork of a diversity of craft demonstrators and hobbyists. Fall foliage in Plymouth traditionally reaches its peak in early October. With luck, the maples growing across the 360-degree hills surrounding Plymouth will be at their brightest.

Bee Skep-making with Barry

10 AM – 4 PM

Create your own bee skep—for decorative purposes only—with Barry Keegan. $60 fee includes all materials required and museum admission. Enjoy a relaxing time on Lake Champlain as you learn and create. Pre-registration is required, call (802) 759-2412. Vermont Archaeology Month event. 

The 28th Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship

10:30 AM – 4 PM

Participate in or watch this annual atlatl championship testing skills in accuracy and distance. The sport of using the atlatl to throw darts is based on the ancient hunting technique. Newcomers to experts welcome. Flint-knapping demonstrations and lessons throughout the day. Depending on the pandemic situation, be prepared to practice social distancing and wearing facial masks if needed. Pre-registration mandatory. *COMPETITORS: $10 * VISITORS: $5 ADULT, FREE UNDER 15.

Call (802) 759-2412 to register. Vermont Archaeology Month event. 

Atlatl Workshop

12 PM – 5 PM

Atlatl experts Bob and Cheryll Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl teach traditional and modern techniques of atlatl and dart construction, flint knapping, hafting stone points, and cordage making. Enjoy atlatl lore and coaching on the use of your new atlatl. Pre-registration required. Call 802-759-2412. $70 fee includes instruction and materials. Vermont Archaeology Month event.

Pittsford Ridge Hike

10 AM – 1 PM

Hike up to Pittsford Ridge, to experience the area many American soldiers withdrew from the July 7, 1777, Battle of Hubbardton. Learn about the importance of this natural area too.  Meet at the museum for orientation. Your guides are Jim Rowe, historian of the Crown Point Road Association, and Travis Hart, state and private lands biologist with the VT Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.  

Walk with a Naturalist

10 AM – 12 PM

Come join local naturalist Micki Colbeck for a fairly easy walk around the Homestead. We’ll look at mosses, ferns, lichens, and flowers that have all been hiding in plain sight. Bring a magnifying loop if you have one, but it’s not necessary. Kids are welcome, but please leave dogs behind. $5, please call to register: 802-765-4288

Basket Making Workshop with Dona Nazarenko

9 AM – 5 PM

Come learn the art of basketry with Dona Nazarenko of Country Spirit Baskets. The Traditional Bread and Biscuit  Basket has many uses for storage and organizing or can be a valuable catch-all for every table. Option of adding colors if you would like. $55- All materials included. Please register by August 15 by calling 802-765-4288

Mushroom Exploration Walk

1 PM – 3 PM

Mushroom expert Meg Madden leads a walk to look for and learn about mushrooms on Mount Independence. Limited to 20 number of people.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Included in regular museum admission.  Sponsored by the Mount Independence Coalition. 

Call 802-948-2000 to reserve your spot. 

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