Hikers to retrace Crown Point Road

CROWN POINT - In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the construction of the historic Crown Point Road, hikers from the Crown Point Road Association will take part in an end-to-end hike across Vermont this summer.

Starting at Crown Point on Aug. 9 during the French and Indian War encampment at the fort, the trek will pass through the Vermont towns of Addison, Bridport, Orwell, Shoreham, Whiting, Sudbury, Brandon, Pittsford, Proctor, Rutland, Clarendon, Shrewsbury, Plymouth, Mt. Holly, Ludlow, Cavendish, Weathersfield and Springfield, ending at Fort No. 4 in Charlestown, N.H.

All these towns grew up on the old road which served as a conduit not only for the movement of troops and supplies during the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars, but also for the wagons and possessions of early settlers.

Hikers will maintain a day-by-day schedule as much as possible, walking 6-10 miles a day and camping at pre-arranged sites. No private property will be crossed without prior permission.

The itinerary is being posted on the CPRA website [www.crownpointroad.org and location of the hikers will be up-dated every day. The website also provides information about the history of the Crown Point Road and the Association.

Hike leaders are James Rowe, CPRA president, and James Moore, CPRA treasurer. CPRA member Hunter Melville has plans to run the length of the road.

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