The Kids' Guide to the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites




The Mount Independence museum was designed to look like a boat.  Do you see the rudder?   

Mount Independence State Historic Site

The first events of the American colonies’ revolt against England took place in Massachusetts. But it wasn’t long before the British began attacking from the North too.

At Mount Independence you can explore what was, in 1776 and 1777, the largest fortification built by Americans during the war. There were more people camped at Mount Independence than lived in all of Boston at the time!

When you visit you can walk on trails to see the remains of foundations and defenses. The museum tells the war stories through high-tech exhibits and some very cool historical objects.

For more information
Open May 28-October10; daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Adults $5.00; children 14 and under free
Baldwin Trail is wheelchair accessible.

Historic reenactors at the Hubbardton Battlefield.

Hubbardton Battlefield

There was just one Revolutionary War fought in Vermont, and it was fought here.

The British had taken over Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga. American troops were retreating to the South. High atop the hill in Hubbardton, the British were met the scrappy rear-guard Vermont troops who fought so hard that the main American army was able to get away and be ready for their later victories at Bennington and Saratoga.

Today you can experience the bravery of the Vermont soldiers by walking the battlefield trail and reading the signs that explain the troop movements. Bring some friends and reenact the battle yourselves!

For more information
Open May 28 - October 10; Thursdays through Sundays, and Monday holidays from 9:30a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Adults $2; children 14 and under free

Bennington Battle Monument

Bennington Battle Monument

This is the tallest structure in Vermont - 306 feet tall – taller than the state capitol and Burlington’s tallest apartments and hotels. It’s also America’s tallest Revolutionary War battle monument.

Climb or ride to the top and you’ll look out on the countryside where a 1777 battle was fought to protect the military stores of ammunition and guns that were once stored in Bennington. The American soldiers won, and soon after the British began to lose the war entirely. The view of the actual battlefield is blocked by a hill, but as the crow flies, it’s only five miles away.

For more information
Open April 16 - October 31; daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (9 to 5)
Adults $3; children 6-14 $1; children under 6 free

Museum staff at the Old Constitution House dressed in the styles of 1777.

Old Constitution House

After the Revolutionary War began, leaders of the region that was Vermont gathered in the Windsor tavern and voted in favor of the first constitution of the “Free and Independent State of Vermont.” The year was 1777, and Vermont’s constitution was the first in the new nation to outlaw slavery, the first to give the right to vote to all men, and the first to provide public schools for all children.

You can visit where this happened. Exhibits will tell you about this event, and how the building once functioned as a restaurant and inn.

If you like big ideas and would like to see where some best ideas were turned into law, visit the Old Constitution House.

For more information
Open May 28 – October 10; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Adults $2.50; children under 14 free

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