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Trek to trace remains of old military road

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

Starting at Crown Point, N.Y., on Aug. 9 during the French and Indian War encampment at the fort, the trek will pass through the towns of Addison, Bridport, Orwell, Shoreham, Whiting, Sudbury, Brandon, Pittsford, Proctor, Rutland Town and City, 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. People currently living in these towns are encouraged to greet the hikers or walk along with them in their area providing an opportunity to share local history and traditions.

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

The itinerary is posted on the CPRA Web site [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. For further Vermont-based information in addition to the Web site: 459-2837, 434-7415 or 773-6819.

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