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State historic sites are reopening

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation has reopened for the 2021 season state historic sites that had been closed due to COVID-19. Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell opened on May 29. On Friday, July 2, Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton and Chimney Point in Addison will be opening to the public.

New outdoor interpretive panels along the walking trail at the Hubbardton Battlefield recount pivotal points and key players in the only Revolutionary War battle to have been fought in what is now Vermont. Visitors can enjoy this new installation as well as the other recreational activities at state-owned historic sites, which have forested and open walking and hiking trails, bucolic historic landscapes and gardens, and lakeside vistas. Have a picnic, take a hike, tour a historic building, participate in a guided bird walk and photography classes, and view engaging exhibits with remarkable stories to share. The Historic Underwater Preserves were set to open by June 1; please check the website to plan your visit.

State-owned historic sites will be operating this year in accordance with recommendations outlined in the Gov. Phil Scott’s Vermont Forward Plan. At least initially, masks will be required in buildings and when in the presence of others out of doors. Due to social distancing requirements, some spaces will not be open to visitors. Changes to days and hours of operation are possible. For up-to-date information, visit historicsites.vermont.gov or call (802) 828-3051.

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