Mount Independence to host two hikes this weekend

ORWELL — Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell is offering two outdoor programs on the weekend of Aug. 3 and 4.
First, on Saturday, Aug. 3, naturalist Sue Wetmore will lead a fun afternoon for children and their “adults” exploring nature on the Mount. The program starts at 1 p.m. Attendees will meet at the Mount Independence State Historic Site museum.
In this leisurely program for children Wetmore will lead a walk and show attendees about birds, butterflies, plants and anything else that crops up. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Then, on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. Stephen Zeoli will lead another of his popular hikes into history.
Zeoli is president of the Mount Independence Coalition, is a former caretaker at the site, and has written a short book, “Mount Independence: The Enduring Legacy of a Unique Place,” now in its second edition. Zeoli will point out many archaeological remains from this significant Revolutionary War fortification and tell stories about the brave soldiers who built “Independence” in more ways than one on Lake Champlain. 
Participants should wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.
Admission to the site is $5 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes the program, access to all the trails, and access to the museum. Call (802) 948-2000 for more information. For information on the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites, visit www.historicsites.vermont.gov. 

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