The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, Vermont has announced their annual full-scale, living history weekend commemorating the July 7, 1777, Revolutionary War battle fought there, set for the weekend of July 6 and 7, 2019. Hours are Saturday from 9:30 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 7:45 am to 4 pm, with the site closing at 5 pm.
Reenactors from around the northeast will set up camps to present this history pageant, considered the largest Revolutionary War living history weekend in northern New England. They honor the war’s only battle fought solely in what would become Vermont.
The weekend offers activities for all ages and interests. Visitors can walk through the camps; talk with reenactors; observe tactical and artillery demonstrations and camp life activities; and take guided camp and battlefield tours. Special children’s activities. Sutlers row provides a colonial shopping experience.
Historians and reenactors will give talks throughout the weekend. The museum is open both days, with a shop that has an excellent selection of books and other items relating to the American Revolution. Local groups provide a food stand both days.
The narrated military tacticals, on the slope of Monument Hill, will be held Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday morning at 8 am and 12:45 pm. The Sunday morning battle, 242 years ago to the day, starts forming at 7:30 a.m.—this battle formation is the weekend’s highlight. Muskets will sound in the distance, just before the soldiers emerge over Monument Hill.
Admission daily is $6 for adults and free for children under 15. There is nearby parking and a “people mover” from the parking area to the visitor center. The event is offered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, reenactor groups, and the Hubbardton Historical Society, with support from other local organizations and businesses.
The Hubbardton Battlefield State 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. More information is available online, or by calling (802) 273-2282.
Photo of 2018 Hubbardton Battlefield battle weekend provided.