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Defiance and the evacuation from Mount Independence

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British cannon on Mount Defiance threaten the American position. Or did they? by Stephen Zeoli I want to thank Mike Barbieri and Ennis Duling, my colleagues on the board of the Mount Independence Coalition, for their assistance in getting this account accurate. A common theme for people with some knowledge of the history of Mount … Continue reading Defiance and the evacuation from Mount Independence

Conserving the History of the Mount

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This trowel blade was conserved. A number of metal Revolutionary War artifacts discovered over the decades at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, have recently been conserved. This project is thanks to a grant received by the Mount Independence Coalition, the site friends group, from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.  The conservation … Continue reading Conserving the History of the Mount

Strong Ground: Blockhouse with Guns

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Editor's note: For the past two years, the Coalition has teamed up with the Division for Historic Preservation on a pre-season hike of the Mount called The Strong Ground Walk. These walks are intended to explore parts of Mount Independence off the trails in the spring before the undergrowth makes the ground difficult to see. … Continue reading Strong Ground: Blockhouse with Guns

John Stark, Commander of the Mount’s 3rd Brigade

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By Ennis Duling When the American army moved on to Mount Independence in July 1776, Col. John Stark of New Hampshire was awarded command of the Third Brigade, which included his own 5th Continental Regiment and three others. At 47, he was the most experienced American officer in the Northern Army, having served as a … Continue reading John Stark, Commander of the Mount’s 3rd Brigade

29th Button Donated to the Mount Independence Museum

Editor's note: This article is written by Jim Ross, who taught history for many years at Mount Abraham High School in Bristol, has been an avid living historian, taking part in uncounted re-enactments around the region, and has been an active Mount Independence Coalition board member for years. This is his engaging story of a … Continue reading 29th Button Donated to the Mount Independence Museum

Mount Independence talk at the Ethan Allen Homestead

Social distancing keeping you from joining others for talks and lectures? Well, perhaps this record talk given by Coalition President Steve Zeoli at the Ethan Allen Homestead a few years ago may help you feel connected to the Mount. You can watch it here: https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/mount-independence-and-two-controversial-decisions-helped-win-revolutionary-war#