Thu, Sep 5, 2013 02:22 PM
Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. -ORWELL- The American Revolution is
returning to life on Sept. 7 and 8 at the annual Soldiers Atop the
Mount Revolutionary War living history weekend at the Mount
Independence State Historic Site in Orwell. It was 237 years ago
that the Northern Department of the American Army began building
Mount Independence to defend New England and points south from
their enemy, the British. Reenactors dedicated to sharing with
the public their knowledge and passion for this history will be
encamped at Mount Independence for the weekend.
The public can explore the camp, and witness demonstrations of
military tactics, camp life, colonial crafts, cooking, and
more. Meet and greet the soldiers and their
families. Some of their units portray Revolutionary War units
that originally garrisoned Mount Independence.
New this year is Saturday's Baldwin Trail walkabout, from 11:30
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Look for stations along the trail, where
activities and experts will be placed. Get your card stamped and
win a small token if you visit all the stations. The end of the
walkabout is a trip out the southern battery with a British
"officer" who brings to life what happened there in the fall of
1777 when the British and Germans occupied the Mount.
Other activities include Mistress Davenport's schoolhouse and
story time, the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence,
music from the Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife & Drum
Corps, artillery firing, and making a soldier's brush hut and
fascines (stick bundles used to build defenses). On Saturday,
the soldier's camp, near the picnic area, opens at 10:00. Call for
details. Admission is $6 for adults and free for children
under 15, and includes the museum. Water and light snacks will
be available for purchase in the museum shop.
American forces built Mount Independence in 1776 and 1777 to
defend New England and Lake Champlain from the British enemy in
Canada. On the night of July 5 and 6, 1777, the Northern
Department of the American Army withdrew from Mount Independence
and Fort Ticonderoga, as British Lt. Gen. John Burgoyne attempted
to split New England off from the rest of the United States.
Following the Battle of Hubbardton on July 7, the British and
Germans occupied Mount Independence until November.
Mount Independence, a national historic landmark, is near the end
of Mount Independence Road six miles west of the intersection of
Vermont Routes 22A and 73 in Orwell. It includes an air conditioned
museum and nearly six miles of hiking trails.
Photos are courtesy of Mount Independence the national historical
Above and Right: Participants from years past wore
period-styled clothing while taking part in reenacted battles
between the Americans and the British. These reenactors also took
time to give lessons and how-to guides to visitors about the
conditions of the soldiers and what they might expect to see.