Hike into history at Mount Independence

Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m.—ORWELL—Enjoy the autumn foliage and history, too, on Sunday, Oct. 9 during the Hike into History event at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell. Mount Independence Coalition president Stephen Zeoli is the guide from 1-3 p.m. for the program.
Zeoli’s tour will explore what 19th century author, historian, and illustrator Benson Lossing saw on his 1848 visit to Mount Independence. Lossing visited the Mount when researching his book, “Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution.” What was still visible in 1848 and also today? This is one of many programs this year honoring the 240th anniversary of the start of American construction of Mount Independence.
Zeoli is president of the Mount Independence Coalition, a former caretaker at the site, and is author of the short book “Mount Independence: The Enduring Legacy of a Unique Place,” now in its second edition. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and dress for the weather.
Mount Independence is located on Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes the guided walk, and access to all the trails. The site is open daily through Oct. 10.
For more information, call 802-948-2000 or visit historicsites.vermont.gov.

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