Saturday & Sunday, July 8-9—HUBBARDTON—The weekend of July 8 and 9 will be alive with the sights and sounds of the American Revolution at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton. This year is the 240th anniversary of the July 7, 1777, battle, the only one fought on what would become Vermont soil.
Nearly 400 re-enactors from all over the Northeast will gather to present this colorful, full-scale history pageant, the largest Revolutionary War living history weekend in northern New England. They portray the American, British, and German forces who fought here and participated in the American Revolution’s important Northern Campaign.
The weekend offers activities for all ages and interests. New this year is a Saturday morning “last man standing re-enactor firing competition at 11 a.m. Visitors can walk through the camps; talk with re-enactors; observe tactical and artillery demonstrations, and camp life activities; learn how to drill; and take in guided battlefield tours. Special children’s activities. Sutlers’ Row provides a colonial shopping experience. Bruce Venter, author of the 2015 “Battle of Hubbardton” book, will give a talk and sign copies of his book. The museum is open both days, with a shop that has an excellent selection of books and other items relating to the American Revolution. Local groups provide a food stand both days.
The narrated military tacticals, on the slope of Monument Hill, will be held weather-permitting—Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. The Sunday morning battle starts forming at 7:30 a.m. — this battle formation is the weekend’s highlight. Muskets will sound in the distance, just before the soldiers emerge over Monument Hill.
Daily admission is $6 for adults and free for children under 15. There is nearby parking and a shuttle from the parking area to the visitor center.
The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site is located on Monument Hill Road, 6 miles off Route 30 in Hubbardton, or 7 miles off exit 5 on Route 4 in Castleton. For more information, call 802-273-2282 or visit historicsites.vermont.gov.
Photo courtesy of Vt. State Historic Sites
Re-enactors dress in period attire and present a full-scale history pageant of the Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont.