On October 1, 2014

Hike Mount Zion and glimpse a total lunar eclipse, in Hubbardton

HUBBARDTON — Two special outdoor programs are coming up at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, Vermont: the 17th annual Mount Zion hike on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2 – 5 p.m., and a “Total Lunar Eclipse Morning” on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 4 – 7 a.m. — yes, 4 a.m.

On Sunday, from 2-5 p.m., site interpreter Carl Fuller leads his annual guided walk up craggy Mount Zion. It’s a winning combination of colorful and sweeping fall mountain views, the history of the Battle of Hubbardton, and exercise in the fresh air. Atop Mount Zion, Fuller will relate and show you the important points of the July 7, 1777, Revolutionary War Battle of Hubbardton, Mount Zion’s role in the battle, and the landmarks to be seen from the summit.

Meet at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site visitor center before 2 p.m. After a brief orientation everyone will drive to the start of this easy to moderate hike on a trail developed by land owner Kit Davidson. The fee is $3 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes visiting the museum and battlefield. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Bring water.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, weather conditions permitting, experienced moon-gazing members of the Green Mountain Alliance of Amateur Astronomers will be sharing their equipment and knowledge for the viewing of this total lunar eclipse. Get up early for this one! Bring blankets and a flashlight. Call 802-273-2282 to confirm. Free, donations appreciated.

The battlefield is located in Hubbardton on Monument Hill Road, seven miles north of US Route 4 from Castleton or six miles east of VT Route 30 in Hubbardton.

For more info, visit www.historicsites.vermont.gov.

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