The Vermont state historic sites of Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton and Mount Independence in Orwell opened for the 2009 season May 23.
The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site is the location of Vermont's only Revolutionary War battle. On May 25th there was a Memorial Day commemoration. The annual living history weekend, with the battle reenactment, is July 11-12. Other programs include lectures and guided hikes on Sept. 12 and Oct. 4. The site is open Thursdays through Sundays and Monday holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Orwell's Mount Independence, named after the Declaration of Independence, was built in 1776-77 on Lake Champlain to protect the American colonies against British invasion from the north. The museum's exhibits include a talking hologram sculpture and exciting Revolutionary War artifacts from the site, including two huge logs from the Great Bridge and a cannon recovered from Lake Champlain. Six miles of scenic walking and hiking trails wind past archaeological sites. The fee is $5 for adults. Other special events include nature and history programs and the annual Soldiers Atop the Mount encampment on July 25-26. The site is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.