Mount Independence to offer hike into history


IMAGINE CANNONBALLS HURTLING from Mt. Defiance across Lake Champlain to where you stand on Mt. Independence. Learn about it at the Mt. Independence Hike Into History on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 1-4 p.m. Photo courtesy of Mt. Independence State Historic Site

ORWELL — Hike into history at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, on Sunday, Oct. 11, the last day of the season, from 1-4 p.m. Stephen Zeoli, president of the Mount Independence Coalition, will be your guide. It is included in regular site admission of $5 for adults and free for those under 15. Pre-registration is required — call 802-948-2000, space is limited. Facial masks and social distancing are mandatory.

Zeoli is known for his story-telling and special knowledge. He will relate the stirring story of Mount Independence and its important role in the American Revolution and in the making of our nation. It was built as an American defense of New England against the British in 1776-77, and then occupied by the British and Germans from July to November 1777.

Zeoli is a former caretaker at the site, an editor of the Coalition’s recent book, “Strong Ground: Mount Independence and the American Revolution,” and author of the short book, “Mount Independence: The Enduring Legacy of a Unique Place.”

Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and dress for the weather.

Mount Independence is located on Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. Carefully follow the signs. Call 802-948-2000 for more information. For information on the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites, visit historicsites.vermont.gov.

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