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June 15, 2011

Hubbardton Military Road Guided Hike

On June 25, come to the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site for a guided hike along part of the old Revolutionary War Mount Independence-Hubbardton Military Road. This year is the 235th anniversary of the road and start of construction of Mount Independence, and a good time to look back to this exciting past. The hike is from 2 to 5 p.m. and starts at the Hubbardton museum.

Site interpreter Carl Fuller will lead a vigorous hike, starting from the museum and following traces of the old military road that led from Mount Independence to the Hubbardton Battlefield. Hikers will see the area where the first shots of the battle were fired on July 7, 1777, and get a taste of what it might have been like for the soldiers traveling over this varied terrain.

This vital American military road was built on the orders of Gen. Horatio Gates on September 7, 1776, to connect the Revolutionary War fortification being constructed at Mount Independence on Lake Champlain to Hubbardton, Rutland, and Fort No. 4 in New Hampshire. Gates considered the road “so Essential to the Interest of the United States” and “the safety and protection of the inhabitants of all the Middle States of this Union.”

Soldiers, ammunition, and stores used the road to reach the Mount. On the night of July 5 and 6, 1777, as the British invaded the lake, American forces withdrew from Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga along the road, engaging the British at the Battle of Hubbardton on July 7.

Be prepared for hills. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes visiting the museum.

Also look forward to a guided walk on July 16 on a section of the road leading south from the battlefield to Belgo Valley and Gap, led by members of the Crown Point Road Association. This program starts at 10:30 am at the battlefield museum.

The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site preserves the location of the only Revolutionary War battle in Vermont. The site is on Monument Hill Road six miles off VT Route 30 in Hubbardton or seven miles off exit 5 on US Route 4 in Castleton. Carefully follow the signs. The site is open Thursday through Sunday, 9:30 to 5 p.m., and on Monday holidays, and Columbus Day, Oct. 10, the last day of the season.

For more information about the program, call 802-273-2282. For more information about the Vermont state-owned Historic Sites, contact John Dumville at 802-828-3051, visit www.HistoricVermont.org/sites or, look out for the Historic Sites 2011 Calendar of Events.

Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: June 15, 2011 16:17:41