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July 1, 2014
Contact: Elsa Gilbertson, Regional Historic Site Administrator, 802-759-2412,
Elsa.Gilbertson@state.vt.us

 

BATTLE OF HUBBARDTON ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

 
HUBBARDTON, Vt. – The American Revolution comes alive on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, 2016, with the annual Hubbardton Battlefield living history weekend in Hubbardton, Vermont.  This colorful full scale history pageant commemorates the July 7, 1777, Revolutionary War battle, the only one fought on Vermont soil. 

 Visitors are invited to experience the sights and sounds of the Revolutionary War and colonial times.  This battle was the first time that British troops under Lt. Gen. John Burgoyne met the resistance and bravery of Americans in battle. Experienced reenactors from up to 21 American Colonial units and14 British Crown units share their passion for history and authenticity to provide this special experience. 

 The weekend offers activities for all ages and interests.  Reenactors portray American and British soldiers and their families.  Visit the tent camps, talk with reenactors, watch the tactical and artillery demonstrations, see camp life activities, learn how to drill, and take in guided camp and battlefield tours.  Mistress Davenport opens her popular school and storytelling tent. Hands-on activities for children are offered near the museum.  Sutlers (traveling store-keepers of the time) offer their wares, for a colonial shopping experience.  The museum is open both days, and the museum shop has an excellent selection of books and other items relating to the American Revolution.  Local groups provide a food stand both days.   

 Saturday afternoon is a military tactical on the slope of Monument Hill, weather permitting, at 3:30 p.m.  The Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife & Drum Corps will present a short concert at 2:45 p.m.  The weekend highlight is the Sunday battle, also weather permitting, with troops starting formations about 7:30 a.m.  The extended tactical demonstration begins at 8:00 a.m., as muskets sound in the distance before the soldiers emerge over Monument Hill.  Call (802-273-2282) to confirm tactical times. 

 On Friday, July 8, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, consider seeing the roots of the battle by visiting the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont.  Interact with reenactor American soldiers in a small encampment preparing for a possible withdrawal from the Mount.  What would they need for fight or flight?   

 In the Battle of Hubbardton Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire soldiers fought in a decisive rear guard action to halt the British army, allowing the main American army under Maj. Gen. Arthur St. Clair to withdraw southward to safety from Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga.  The battle saved St. Clair’s troops, lead to the stunning American victory in October 1777 at the Battle of Saratoga, considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War and in world history.

 The site opens at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.  Sunday’s events start about 7:30 a.m.  Admission daily is $6.00 for adults and free for children under 15.  There will be nearby parking and a “people mover” from the parking area to the central location for those who wish to ride.  The event is offered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Living History Association, and the Hubbardton Historical Society with support from other Hubbardton organizations and area Scouts and businesses.   

 The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site is located on Monument Hill Road 6 miles off VT Route 30 in Hubbardton or 7 miles off exit 5 on US Route 4 in Castleton.  The site is open Thursdays through Sundays and Monday holidays through October 14, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information about the Battlefield or this event, call (802) 273-2282.  For information about Vermont’s State-Owned Historic Sites: historicsites.vermont.gov Join the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook.

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 Digital photos available upon request. 

 Elsa Gilbertson
Regional Historic Site Administrator
Chimney Point, Mount Independence, & Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Sites
8149 VT Route 17W
Addison, VT 05491

(802) 759-2412
FAX:  (802) 759-2547

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