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June 08, 2009

Vermont Days Feature Free Events At Historic Sites

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Admission to the state’s historic sites will be free this weekend as part of Vermont Days and many of the sites will also feature free events.

“This is a great opportunity for Vermonters to get out and explore our state,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “It’s an opportunity for families to learn about Vermont’s rich history and support local economic activity while they are at it,” he added.

Visitors to the President Calvin Coolidge Site in Plymouth Notch can enjoy free wagon rides both days, while those going to Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison can immerse themselves in the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial by dressing up in French colonial costumes and playing period games.

Among the events scheduled on Sunday, June 14 at the historic sites are kite flying at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton and a discussion of the French and Indian War “battle of snowshoes,” at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell.

Vermont Days is the weekend to celebrate the arrival of summer and enjoy a free sample of Vermont's excellent fishing, state parks, and historic and cultural resources.

Vermont State Park day areas, state-owned historic sites, and the Vermont Historical Society Museum will be open at no charge, and Saturday, June 13 is free fishing day – the one day of the year when residents and nonresidents may go fishing without a license.

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Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell

Saturday, June 13, 2 p.m. The Nature of Lake Champlain: Mike Winslow, staff scientist of the Lake Champlain Committee and author of the new book, The Nature of Lake Champlain, leads a “talk and walk” to learn about the natural world of Lake Champlain. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.

Sunday, June 14, 1 p.m. The French and Indian War at Mount Independence: Re-enactor and historian James Ross talks about the French and Indian War “battle of snowshoes,” with Robert Rogers and a party of French woodcutters that took place in March 1759, 250 years ago. A cruise tour on the M/V Carillon to follow to view French and Indian War related sites on southern Lake Champlain (fee for cruise; leaving from Mt. Independence dock).

Mount Independence is located six miles west of the intersections of Vermont Routes 22A and 73 near the end of Mount Independence Road. Call (802) 948-2000 for information.

Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton

Saturday, June 13, 1 p.m. Seth Warner: Sidelined by History: Clifford Mullen, a long-time Revolutionary War re-enactor from Warner’s Regiment, will tell the story of Green Mountain Boy Seth Warner and his military career, with a focus on the Battle of Hubbardton. Hear about Mullen’s searches in the archives for information about Warner and his men.

Sunday, June 14, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Go Fly a Kite: Make a simple kite (materials and instructions provided) or bring your own. Then fly it in the wide open spaces of the site, celebrating our many freedoms won during the Revolution. Alternate program inside in case of inclement weather is. Small materials fee.

The Hubbardton Battlefield is on Monument Hill Road, six miles east of Vermont Route 30 in Hubbardton or six miles north of exit 5 on US Route 4 in Castleton. Call (802) 273-2282 for information.

Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison

Saturday, June 13, 2 p.m.– 4 p.m. Second Saturdays: Explore the French colonial past at Chimney Point (Pointe à-la-Chevelure) with hands-on activities for all ages. Try the dress-up box; play games; and learn what archaeology and the study of period sources can reveal.

Sunday, June 14, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday Afternoon Special: Hands-on activities and period games. Learn about ancient stone tools or how to throw an ancient dart weapon, the atlatl; play period games; and enjoy other fun for all ages.

Chimney Point is located in Addison at the intersections of Vermont Routes 125 and 17, at the foot of the Champlain Bridge. Call (802) 759-2412 for information.

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch

Saturday, June 13, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Wagon Rides: Fred DePaul will offer wagon rides weather permitting. A resident of Plymouth Notch, DePaul is well known for his local lore and engaging humor.

Sunday June 14, 1 p.m.– 4 p.m. Wagon Rides: Fred DePaul will offer wagon rides weather permitting.

Saturday June 13, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., An Evening With Stellafane: Founded in Springfield, Vermont in the 1920s, Stellafane is the oldest group of amateurs in the country devoted to building and using telescopes. Stellafane members will discuss Vermont’s pivotal role in the history of astronomy, and afterwards, the audience is invited to view the night skies with a period telescope. This program will be held rain or shine.

The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch has been called the best-preserved presidential site in the country. Twelve buildings are open to the public. A new exhibit, “A Lake Champlain Childhood: The Early Years of Grace Coolidge,” will premier this summer and has been selected as an official “Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Event.” The Coolidge Site is open daily, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call (802) 672-3773.

Old Constitution House State Historic Site in Windsor

Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Traditional Crafts Demonstrations: Carolyn and Carl Malikowski will demonstrate a variety of 18th century activities including brewing, cooking, woodworking, powder horn carving, and more. An interpreter in period attire will lead tours through this museum known as the “Birthplace of Vermont.”

Originally a tavern where Vermont’s Constitution was adopted in 1777, the Old Constitution House in Windsor has exhibits and guided tours that focus on the first constitution in America to prohibit slavery, universal manhood suffrage, and a system of public schools. A permanent exhibition examines Vermont’s formative years, from the struggle for political independence to statehood in 1791. Old Constitution House is open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call (802) 672-3773.

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: June 08, 2009 16:28:17