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October 17, 2011

Shadow War on the Revolutionary Frontier: Neil Godwin Speaks at Mount Independence

Author Neil Godwin comes to the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell to speak about the Royalton Raid Saturday, October 22, 1:00 p.m. His acclaimed book, We Go as Captives: The Royalton Raid and the Shadow War on the Revolutionary Frontier was published last year by the Vermont Historical Society.

Godwin will discuss the background of the Royalton Raid and some of the intrigues of the Revolutionary War in Vermont and the region. The event, the annual Robert J. Maguire lecture, is offered by the Mount Independence Coalition.

Godwinís book is one of the most successful, recent publications of the Vermont Historical Society and offers new insight about the Royalton Raid of 1780 and the Revolution on the northern frontier. Godwin will talk about the spy network in this region during the Revolution and the relationship between the British and Native communities. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Doors open to the public at 12:30 p.m. The event is free. Donations are appreciated. Come enjoy a riveting afternoon. This special event will be the last chance of the year to visit the Mount Independence museum, which closed for the season after Columbus Day.

The Mount Independence Coalition is the official friends group for the historic site and every year offers the Maguire lecture to present the latest and best research on the American Revolution or Mount Independence.

Mount Independence, one of Vermontís state-owned historic sites, is a National Historic Landmark and is considered one of the least disturbed Revolutionary War sites in America. The site is located six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 73 and 22A in Orwell, near the end of Mount Independence Road. Call 802-759-2412 for more information.

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Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: October 17, 2011 10:23:26