Wildflower walk, talk to be held in Orwell on April 24

ORWELL — Mount Independence springs into spring with the annual guided wildflower walk on Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m. at the State Historic Site in Orwell. Amy Olmsted, a nursery professional for more than 20 years, leads this informative program. Olmsted is a horticulturist with Rocky Dale Gardens in Bristol.
This is the first program of the 2016 season, a year when the Mount Independence State Historic Site celebrates the 50th anniversary of its trail system and the 240th anniversary of the start of American construction of this major Revolutionary War defense.
Olmsted will show participants how to look for early wildflowers and where, will identify the flowers you see and tell you their common and Latin names, and will discuss their habitat. Will the unusual winter have made any difference in what you see this spring? Every year is different.
Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water if you like. This special event brings you to this historic site before the official opening on Saturday, May 28.
The program, co-sponsored by the Mount Independence Coalition and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, is open to the public. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 15. Meet at 1 p.m. outside the museum. Call 802-759-2412 for more information.
The Mount Independence State Historic Site, one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War archaeological sites, is also known for its natural resources. It is located at 497 Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of Vermont Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Carefully follow the signs. The site will open for the regular season on Saturday, May 28. Regular hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 12.
For more information about the Vermont State-owned Historic Sites, visit www.HistoricVermont.org/sites. 

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