A Student of History

October 19, 2006

VT Rev War Site Gets Grant

Filed under: Historic Places,Historic Preservation — John Maass @ 5:51 pm

The Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, has received a $28,500 Museums for America grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services for a project to create and install interpretive signage on the 1-¼ mile-long trail handicapped accessible trail under construction this fall.

Map of 18th century military sites

The new trail, which meets outdoor standards for handicapped accessibility with gentle grades and packed surfaces, reworks the old Red and White trails on the southern half of the Mount.

The signage project will draw in visitors to experience and learn about the beautiful landscape and historic, archaeological, and natural features at one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War archaeological sites in America. The signage will complement the story of the site as told in the state-of-the-art visitor center. The trail, with the new signage, will be opened in early summer 2007.

Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, is located in Orwell on 497 Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. It is open daily through Columbus Day.

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