Here’s some news for local history buffs from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation:
HUBBARDTON, Vt.—For the second annual guided driving tour of sections of the Mount Independence-Hubbardton Military Road of 1776-77, join leader Jim Rowe at the Hubbardton Battlefield on Saturday, August 24, starting at 9:30 a.m. The trip will go from the Hubbardton Battlefield down to the Otter Creek, with stops along the way. Drive in the path of history!
Meet at the Hubbardton Battlefield at 9:30 a.m. for your orientation. The tour is $2.00 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes admission to the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site.
Rowe, president of the Crown Point Road Association, has a lifelong interest in this Revolutionary War military road and is an engaging presenter. He will be assisted by several other knowledgeable members of the Association.
The road was built after the September 7, 1776, order of Gen. Horatio Gates to connect the American Revolutionary War fortification being constructed at Mount Independence on Lake Champlain to Hubbardton and Rutland, Vermont, and Fort No. 4 in New Hampshire. Gates considered the road “so Essential to the Interest of the United States” and “the safety and protection of the inhabitants of all the Middle States of this Union.” Soldiers, ammunition, and stores used the road to reach Mount Independence. On the night of July 5 and 6, 1777, as the British invaded the lake, American forces withdrew from Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga along the road, engaging the British at the Battle of Hubbardton on July 7.
Last year’s tour started at Mount Independence in Orwell and ran to the Hubbardton Battlefield. The Hubbardton Battlefield, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont. It is located at 5696 Monument Hill Road, Hubbardton. Call (802) 273-2282 for more information.