Photo by Philip Jordan
Hikers follow the 18th-century Hubbardton Military Road near Orwell.
The weekend of Oct. 8-9 may have been the best Indian Summer weekend weatherwise in over a decade. Getting outdoors to enjoy the summer-like weather were hikers, bikers, leafpeepers, and folks just doing chores around the yard. Also hitting the road Oct. 8, was a group following the route of the 1776 Hubbardton Military Road starting at the Hubbardton Battlefield.
This road, which was built in 1776 between Mount Independence and the Otter Creek falls at Rutland, had an important military past.
Many Vermont residents hope that it will someday be mapped using modern technologies.
Mapping the 30-mile route would honor the achievement of the road-building patriots whose efforts contributed to the American victory in the War for Independence.
The road crosses Orwell, Benson, Hubbardton, Castleton, West Rutland, and Rutland Town and will be the topic of a mini conference Oct. 29, 10 a.m., at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in East Hubbardton, located seven miles north of U.S. route 4 and six miles east of Vermont highway 30.
The discussion leaders are Steve Zeoli, Jim Rowe, Carl Fuller, Tom Hughes, Jim Moore, and Elaine Purdy. The most research into the history and location of the road was conducted and gathered during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s by the late Joseph and Mabel Wheeler of Benson. Their papers were given to the Vermont Historical Society.
The year 2011 marks 235 years since the Hubbardton Military Road was constructed, providing overland access between the 1776 patriot fort at Mt. Independence on Lake Champlain and the 1759 Crown Point Road at Rutland.