Historian to offer guided autumn hike in Orwell Oct. 11
ORWELL — History buffs and nature lovers alike are invited to enjoy a guided autumn trail ramble at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Historian Bill Powers and site interpreter Paul Andriscin will lead this hike, the last event of the state historic site’s 2015 season.
The focus of this walk is military logistics and supply during the American Revolution on Mount Independence. How did the Americans plan the construction and garrisoning of the Mount Independence defenses, how did they use the existing terrain, and what were the challenges of bringing in the necessary supplies? The walk will reveal evidence of this history.
Powers, a retired Air Force officer with 40 years’ experience with military supply and logistics, has researched many areas of Vermont history and gives a variety of history programs. Andriscin is a long-time site interpreter at Mount Independence and teaches American history at many area colleges.
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. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes the guided walk and access to all the trails. The site is open daily through Oct. 12. 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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