Mt. Independence to host Revolutionary War re-enactment

ORWELL — The Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell hosts a program on Friday, July 5, 2013, to commemorate the major Revolutionary War decision of the Americans to withdraw from Mount Independence in the face of British Lt. Gen. John Burgoyne and his fleet on the night of July 5 and 6, 1777. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At a small encampment near the museum, visitors talk with soldier reenactors who are preparing for the arrival of the British and a possible withdrawal toward Hubbardton. What would they need for fight — or flight? What was the experience like and how did the American officers make their decision to withdraw or not? How did this affect other important events in the summer and fall of 1777? In the afternoon there also will be period music from the Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife & Drum Corps.
Visitors may also be interested in attending the Hubbardton Battle living history weekend, July 6 and 7, at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton to find out the rest of the story. 
Mount Independence, one of Vermont’s State-Owned historic sites, is a National Historic Landmark and is considered one of the least disturbed Revolutionary War sites in America. It is located near the end of Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 73 and 22A in Orwell. Regular hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 14. Admission to the site, including this event, is $5 for adults and free for children younger than 15. Call (802) 948-2000 for more information.

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