August 25, 2010
HUBBARDTON, Vt. – A free day of remembrance will be observed on Saturday, September 11, at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site for those who wish to contemplate or honor heroes from the past and present.
The museum and facilities will be open free of charge from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The site, with its beautiful, open, rolling meadows and scenic mountain views, offers quiet and tranquility, according to Elsa Gilbertson, Regional Historic Site Administrator for the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
“On this solemn day, the public is welcome to come to this place where our forefathers laid down their lives 233 years ago,” Gilbertson said. “This is a perfect place to remember them and all Americans who have sacrificed or been lost.”
The Hubbardton Battlefield is the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont. It is known as one of the best-preserved battlefields in the country and looks much as it did the day of the battle—July 7, 1777.
That day, soldiers from Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire fought in a savage rear guard action to halt General John Burgoyne’s British army and allow the main American army under Arthur St. Clair to withdraw southward to safety from Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence.
While the battle ended with the British holding the field, they were too battered to continue their pursuit and the rest of the colonial army escaped, paving the way for later victories at Bennington and Saratoga that turned the tide of the war.
The historic site is located on Monument Hill Road 6 miles off VT Route 30 in Hubbardton or 7 miles off exit 5 on US Route 4 in Castleton. Carefully follow the signs.
The site is open Thursdays through Sundays and Monday holidays from 9:30 to 5:00 through Columbus Day. For more information about the battlefield or this event, please call (802) 273-2282 or visit: www.HistoricVermont.org/sites.
Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: August 25, 2010 08:05:33