July 1, 2014
Contact: Elsa Gilbertson, Regional Historic Site Administrator,
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
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
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
Digital photos available upon
Regional Historic Site Administrator
Chimney Point, Mount Independence, & Hubbardton Battlefield
State Historic Sites
8149 VT Route 17W
Addison, VT 05491
FAX: (802) 759-2547
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