Have a ‘conversation’ with Justice Sherwood and Ethan Allen in Orwell

ORWELL — On Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 2 p.m. two characters from the Revolutionary War in Vermont will come back to the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell for a time-traveling interview. This is the nearly yearly “Inquiry into the Revolutionary Mind” program, back for the first time since 2019. For this program we ask: “What Were You Thinking Justus Sherwood and Ethan Allen?” 

Modern-day historian and site interpreter Paul Andriscin turns back the time machine to interview Justus Sherwood, an early settler of New Haven, Vt., and later a Loyalist spy, and colorful Ethan Allen, who played a major role in the New Hampshire Grants. Patriot or Tory and discord in the Green Mountains, whose side were they on anyway? Where did their loyalties lie? Which George did they support — General Washington or King George III?

These first-person programs are always engaging and visitor favorites. Site interpreters Steve Whalen will channel Ethan Allen and Allison Stetzel will bring back Justus Sherwood. Questions from the audience are welcome at the end. 

The event is included in the regular admission fee of $6 for adults and is free for children under 15. Enjoy the air-conditioned museum. While there you can visit the museum and walk any or all the six miles of trails on the over 300-acre site. Call 802-948-2000 for more information.

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