Battle reenactment attracts patriots, buffs and Brits

Every July since the 1970s, the Battle of Hubbardton Living History Weekend has become a fun, educational event for the entire family. It provides an ideal opportunity to learn about Vermont in the colonial era as well as the personal sacrifices involved in America's first War of Independence.

Last year, hundreds of locals and tourists visited the Hubbardton Battlefield, some coming from as far away as Great Britain. This year's event will welcome several members of the British Society of Colonial Wars, a London-based group that visits U.S. historic sites connected with the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, also known as America's Second War of Independence.

This year's Battle of Hubbardton event will be on Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11, and the public is invited to enjoy a full schedule of exciting living history and entertainment. The event honors the battle that waged July 7, 1777.

"It was in these green hills 233 years ago that British troops under Lt. Gen. John Burgoyne first met the resistance and bravery of Americans in battle," according to Alan Wulff, publicity manager of the Hubbardton Historical Society.

"Experience the sights and sounds of the Revolutionary War and colonial times-musket fire cracking, black powder smoke curling in the air, seeing food cooking over open fires, men and boys in breeches and waistcoats, and women and girls in long skirts and caps," Wulff said.

Wulff said the weekend highlights reenactors dressed in the colorful garb of American, British, and German soldiers. The actors will wonder the battlefield and provide demonstrations such as live courts martial, camp drills, camp cooking and guided battlefield tours.

Mistress Davenport, a dynamic living history reenactor, will play the camp storyteller and engage visiting youngsters with various fun, educational activities that include a scavenger hunt.

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