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Mount Independence: The Sometimes Forgotten Fort

When it comes to Revolutionary-era forts on Lake Champlain, Mount Independence seems to get short shrift behind others, like Fort Ticonderoga. Actually, the two were connected by a bridge and Mount Independence housed three times as many soldiers as Fort Ti in 1776.

Mount Independence in Orwell is one of just nine state historic sites that are maintained for visitors, where locals and tourists alike can learn about Vermont's history.

The Mount Independence visitors center is shaped like an overturned boat. Site Interpreter Paul Andriscin provides a tour of the center and some insight into Vermont's Revolutionary War history.