Arts, Dining & Entertainment

War of 1812 and Battle of Plattsburgh talks to be held at Mount Independence

Saturday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. — ORWELL — On Saturday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m., author and historian Willard Sterne Randall will be speaking on the War of 1812 on Lake Champlain at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell. The talk honors the 200th anniversary of the famous Battle of Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain, fought on Sept. 11, 1814.

Randall will focus on the battle that helped decide the outcome of the war and led to the Peace Treaty of Ghent. His book on the war, “1814: America Forged by Fire,” is forthcoming. Randall’s previous books include “Ethan Allen: His Life and Times” and “Benedict Arnold.” Randall teaches history at Champlain College. Come for a fascinating afternoon.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 15.

Mount Independence, one of Vermont’s state-owned historic sites, is a National Historic Landmark and one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. It is located near the end of Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 in Orwell. The site is open daily, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Columbus Day.

For more info, call 802-948-2000 or visit

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