Historic site to mark centennial

After the school day, the public is invited to return to the museum auditorium at 7 p.m. for a first-person performance of British General Amherst, portrayed by English-born Howard Burnham. His subject is the career of the military leader whose troops founded the largest British fort in North America (Crown Point), created Crown Point's 1759 British fleet on Lake Champlain, and built the 77-mile-long Crown Point military road from Bridport, Vt., across the Green Mountains to Charlestown, N.H., on the Connecticut River.

The festival will continue Sept. 18.

Tom Hughes, Crown Point State Historic Site manager, will speak on the site's history at 9:20 a.m. in the museum.

Charlotte Mehrtens from the University of Vermont, will lead an outdoor walking tour, "Geologic History of the Champlain Basin as Understood from Crown Point rocks," at 10 a.m. Participants should park their vehicles and gather at the pavilion.

At 11 a.m. Bruce Sterling will present "Flat site archeological discoveries" in museum auditorium.

A display of early postcards of Crown Point State Historic Site, shown by owner/collector William Trombley, will be available 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the museum gallery.

The centennial celebration will begin at 11:55 a.m. with the bring-your-own picnic lunch with bagpipe music by Michael Murdock. A program by the Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site will be at 12:45 p.m. and the centennial cake-cutting Ceremony will be at 1 p.m.

Afternoon programs include "How We Built the new Crown Point Scale Model" by Clarke Dunham and Delia Bowstead at 1:15 p.m. in the museum auditorium; a viewing of "Eye of the Storm," the high-def audio-visual show, at 1:45 p.m. in the auditorium; "35 years of Bird Banding during May at Crown Point State Historic Site," presented by retired forest ranger, naturalist, and author Gary Lee, at 2 p.m. in the museum; a slide lecture on 18th and 19th century lime kilns by Victor Rolando at 3 p.m. in the museum; and a visit to an on-site lime kiln with Rolando at 3:45 p.m. at a remote outdoor location.

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