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Mt. Independence hike into history: A focus on chert

Hike into history at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell on Sunday, September 2, at 2:00 p.m. In this talk and walk program, archaeologist Allen Hathaway will discuss the results of a scientific study on chert, a hard, smooth-grained stone found at the Mount and elsewhere that Native Americans used to make tools and Revolutionary War soldiers used to make gun flints. He will then lead a hike to some of the chert outcroppings on the Mount. The program is a Vermont Archaeology Month event. Hathaway, a very popular guide, has been visiting the Mount for many years and has a wealth of knowledge to share. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.

Mount Independence is located near the end of Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Carefully follow the signs. Regular admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes access to all the trails and a visit to the air-conditioned visitor center with its exciting exhibits. Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. Call (802) 948-2000 for more information.

For information about Vermont's state-owned historic sites: John Dumville, 802-828-3051, www.historicvermont.org/sites .

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