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Mount Independence State Historic Site

Named after the Declaration of Independence, this Orwell site was the location of a fort constructed (1776) on Lake Champlain to guard against a British attack from Canada. Together with Fort Ticonderoga, the Mount Independence fort was a serious force to be reckoned with and kept the British troops from attacking... until the spring of 1777, when the undermanned (due in part to a very lethal winter) fort easily fell to forces under British General Burgoyne. The British held the fort for a few months before destroying it so that it would not fall back into Colonial hands.

Today Mount Independence is a National Historic Landmark and one of the most interesting/important historic sites in Vermont. The site hosts several miles of walking trails, a visitor's center museum and a variety of special events throughout the year. Mount Independence is open late-May through mid-October, 9:30-5 daily. The cost of admission is $5/adults, while 14 and under get in for free. Group rates are also available. The site is located off Route 22A in Orwell and can be reached at 802-759-2412 (off season) or 802-948-2000 (in season). The Mount Independence Coalition runs a Website that is well worth the visit as well.


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