Soldiers Atop the Mount

Reenactors take over the Mount, to honor the American, British, and German garrisons of 1776 and 1777. Demonstrations of Revolutionary War camp life, military tactics (follow soldiers on a woods skirmish), colonial crafts and skills, and firing artillery. Saturday includes interactive Baldwin Trail “walkabout” and grounds and reading of the Declaration of Independence. New offerings both days. Activities for children. Call 802-948-2000 for details. 

Soldiers Atop the Mount Revolutionary War Encampment
Mount Independence State Historic Site Orwell, Vermont
September 8 & 9, 2018
242nd Anniversary of start of American construction & German occupation
This Year We Salute the Life, Good Works, and Memory of Our Loyal Friend Ruth Bernier

NOTE:  Schedule subject to change. 

Be sure to visit the museum! FOOD both days:  light lunch outside. Water, sodas, and snacks inside.


9:30 - Museum and site open

10:00 -5:00 - Reenactor camp on top of hill and in Southern Battery (new this year) open to the
                      public. Ongoing changing of the guards and more in Southern Battery area. 
                     Demonstrations of camp life, military drill, cooking, colonial crafts, clothing, and leisure

10:30 on - Laying out of a brigade activity, public participation welcome (up the middle of the Mount)

11:00 – 2:00 Children’s activities under main tent

11:30 –2:00 - Baldwin Trail Walkabout—meet experts along trail, get your card stamped, and if 
                      you visit all stations, submit card for a small prize

12:00 - Hot dogs, sausages, and snacks in front of the museum

 2:30 - Military tactical—gather near the encampment for this woods skirmish. Meet & talk with
           reenactors afterwards.

3:20 - Mount Independence Revolutionary history “mask”querade, with visitor participation, in
          front of building

4:00 - Illustrated talk, “Reasons for Revolution,” Paul Andriscin, auditorium

5:00 - Museum closes


9:30 - Museum and site opens

10:00 - Camp opens to the public, ongoing demonstrations of camp life, cooking, colonial crafts,
            & leisure activities. Changing of the guard for the Southern Battery, about every half hour.

10:00 - 5K Walk, sponsored by Mount Independence Coalition, registration starts under blue
             Laying out of Brigade, ongoing (up middle of Mount)   $10, includes event &
             Revolutionary lunch

10:30 - Rev. Thomas Allen’s Sermon, preached in 1777 at Mount Independence, Mike Blakeslee,
            Warner’s Regiment Chaplain, in picnic area

11:00 - 2:00 - Children’s activities under main tent

11:30 - “Being a Reenactor & The Life of a Recruit,” Warner’s Regiment presentation (picnic area)

11:30 - Light “Revolutionary” lunch near blue tent

1:00 - Annual reading of Declaration of Independence (picnic area) & renaming of Rattlesnake Hill, and
          preview of Mount Independence Revolutionary history "mask”querade

1:45 - Afternoon tactical, trail/woods attack, meet in encampment area. Meet and talk with
          reenactors afterwards.

2:30 - Camp closes

2:30 - Mount Independence Revolutionary history “mask”querade with visitor participation (in
          front of museum)

3:30 - Paul Andriscin, illustrated talk, “The Northern Campaign,” in auditorium


Event Date: 
Saturday, September 08, 2018: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 09, 2018: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm