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Learn about the past at living history weekend at Mt. Independence this Saturday & Sunday

Posted on September 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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ORWELL — Revolutionary War soldiers return to the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell the weekend of Sept. 10-11, for the annual “Soldiers Atop the Mount” living history weekend.

This year the event celebrates the 240th anniversary of the start of American construction of this major Revolutionary War defense. Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience the tent encampment and camp life, military tactics, colonial skills and more.

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Orwell likely to vote again on school governance plan

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — After rejecting the notion twice this year, Orwell voters are likely to get a third opportunity to weigh in on a proposal to merge their school governance with that of five nearby Rutland County communities.

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Guided hikes offered at Mount Independence Aug. 7

Posted on August 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Mount Independence rocks! Come to the state historic site in Orwell, Vt., on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 2-3:30 p.m. for a “Hike into Geologic History.” Geologist David Gross will guide this tour to explore the geology of Mount Independence, one of the largest American defenses constructed for the Revolutionary War. What made the Mount “strong ground” for the Americans to build here in 1776 and 1777?

This is one of many programs this year to celebrate the 240th anniversary, as well as the 50th anniversary of the trail system.

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Revolutionary mind to be discussed in Orwell

Posted on July 21, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Get an insider’s view of American activities at Mount Independence in Orwell in the summer through winter of 1776 with this year’s “Investigation into the Revolutionary Mind” program on Saturday, July 30, from 2-3:30 p.m., in the state historic site’s auditorium. This year the question is “What Were You Thinking, John Trumbull and Anthony Wayne?”

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Workshop in Orwell can help you write your family's history

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
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ORWELL — Have you been researching your family history and wondering where to go next? What do you do with all your notes? Joanna Tebbs Young will lead a workshop, titled “Turning your Genealogical Research into a Narrative,” on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell.

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Orwell nixes ARSU school unification for a second time

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday for a second time rejected a plan calling for their town to join their fellow Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union towns in forming a unified union school district.

The vote this time was closer than it was in the first ballot; this time it was 166 in favor of the proposed Slate Valley Unified Union School District and 204 against.

Orwell citizens on April 12 had voted 211 to 121 against joining Castleton, West Haven, Hubbardton, Benson and Fair Haven in the proposed union.

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Getting to know Mo*Se Farm

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Seth Ross came to Vermont from Rhode Island to attend UVM. Monika Ankjaer-Jensen came after studying at Virginia Tech to work in the dairy sector breeding cows. The two met on the small dairy farm where Ross works, when he's not working on their joint endeaver Mo*Se Farm in Orwell. Currently their farm focuses on eggs and roasting chickens, but there's hope for a "pint-sized dairy farm" on the way.

"In addition to the working landscape, we both love the four seasons," said Ross in an interview this spring.

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Orwell to revote Tuesday on school governance unification

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Orwell residents will return to the polls this Tuesday, June 21, to decide whether their town should join five Rutland County communities in forming a unified Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD).

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Orwell to vote again on Tuesday on unified Slate Valley school district

Posted on June 17, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell residents will return to the polls this Tuesday, June 21, to decide whether their town should join five Rutland County communities in forming a unified Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD).

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Revolution history talk in Orwell

Posted on June 6, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Historian and journalist Jack Kelly will be at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell on Saturday, June 11, at 2 p.m. to give a talk titled “Getting to Know the Heroes of the Revolution.” Kelly will discuss Revolutionary War characters Seth Warner, Henry Knox, Richard Montgomery, Nathanael Greene and others, and provide his insights into these figures as men of their time.

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