Mt. Zion has eagle-eye view of 1777 battlefield

The tenth annual hike up craggy Mount Zion in Hubbardton, VT., will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The trek offers a winning combination of Vermont history and breathtaking mountain views. Historic-site interpreter Carl Fuller will discuss important points of the July 7, 1777, Revolutionary War Battle of Hubbardton, the role Mount Zion played in the battle, and what you can see from the summit.

The Mount Zion hike is an easy to moderate climb and will follow a trail developed by owner Kit Davidson. Mount Zion offers spectacular views of the Taconics, lower Green Mountain range, and Adirondacks, and is the only vantage point from which the entire battlefield can be seen.

Afterwards visit Davidson's Japanese garden. Attendees should meet at the battlefield Visitor Center at 2 p.m. 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 a visit to the museum and battlefield.

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 Route 30 in Hubbardton or seven miles off exit 5 on US Route 4 in Castleton. Carefully follow the signs. The site is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Columbus Day, Oct. 8, the last day of the season.

For more information, call 802-273-2282 or visit www.HistoricVermont.org. For more information about all the state-owned sites contact John Dumville at 802-828-3051.

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