Get into the mind of American Revolutionary patriots

ORWELL — On Saturday, July 28, the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell offers its annual travel back in time interview program, “Investigation into the Revolutionary Mind.” The program summons up two very different American Revolutionary War officers from the Northern Campaign of 1776-1777; Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler, American Army commander of New York (which included Mount Independence), and Col. Seth Warner, leader of the Green Mountain Boys.
Both will be questioned about the Revolutionary events in which they were instrumental during 1776 and 1777. Did they get along? What did they think about each other? What were their approaches to the war?
These first-person programs are always engaging and visitor favorites. Schuyler will be portrayed by Steve Whalen and Warner by Ennis Duling. Modern day historian and site interpreter Paul Andriscin is the interviewer. Questions from the audience are welcome at the end.
This series of annual programs has explored the decision-making of many, including Maj. Gen. Arthur St. Clair and the American withdrawal from the Mount in 1777, the 1791 Vermont visit by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison; the conflict between American general Benedict Arnold and British general Guy Carleton and many others.
The program runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and is included in the regular admission fee of $5 for adults and free for children under 15. Enjoy the air-conditioned museum. While there you can also walk any or all of the six miles of trails on the over 300-acre site. Call 802-948-2000 for more information.

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