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Revolutionary weekend set at Hubbardton Battlefield

HUBBARDTON — The only Revolutionary War battle fought on Vermont soil will be honored at the annual Battle of Hubbardton Revolutionary War Encampment weekend at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site on July 9 and 10. Hundreds of reenactors will gather from all over the Northeast to present this colorful, full-scale history pageant, one of the largest Revolutionary War living history weekends in northern New England.  
Reenactors, who participate in Revolutionary War events from Mount Vernon to Lexington to Concord, portray the American, British, and German forces who fought the battle 239 years ago. At least 16 American and 10 British units, with about 300 participants, will be at the weekend encampment to offer the Revolutionary War sights, sounds, and scents of campfires and gunpowder.
Visitors can walk through the camps, talk with reenactors, watch the tactical and artillery demonstrations, see camp life activities, learn how to drill, and take in guided battlefield tours. Hands-on activities for children are offered near the site’s museum.
Sutlers row will provide a colonial shopping experience. Bruce Venter, author of the 2015 Battle of Hubbardton book, will give a talk and sign copies of his book. The museum is open both days, with showings of reenactor Bob Franzoni’s 15-minute film, The Voices of Hubbardton.
The narrated military tacticals on the slope of Monument Hill will be held weather-permitting. Saturday’s tacticals are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Sunday morning battle starts forming at 7:30 a.m. This battle formation is the weekend’s highlight. Muskets will sound in the distance, just before the soldiers emerge over Monument Hill. The Sunday afternoon tactical is at 1 p.m.  
Admission daily is $6 for adults and free for children under 15. The event is offered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Living History Association, and the Hubbardton Historical Society, with support from other local organizations and businesses.   
The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site is located on Monument Hill Road, six miles off Vermont Route 30 in Hubbardton, and seven miles off exit 5 on US Route 4 in Castleton. The site is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays to Sundays, and on Monday holidays, through Oct. 12.  For more information, please call (802) 273-2282.

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