Orwell in Addison County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Mt. Independence Military Road
Route to Hubbardton - 1777
This vital American military road to the south of here was built on the September 7, 1776, orders of Gen. Horatio Gates to connect Mount Independence, a new Revolutionary War fortification on Lake Champlain, to Hubbardton, Rutland, and Fort No. 4 in New Hampshire. Gates called the road "Essential to the Interest of the United States" and "the safety and protection of the inhabitants of all the Middle States of this Union." The road was used by soldiers traveling to the Mount and suppliers sending military stores for the new fort. On the night of July 5 and 6, 1777, as the British approached, American forces withdrew from Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga along the road, fighting the British at the Battle of Hubbardton on July 7.
Erected 2012 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 43° 48.21′ N, 73° 18.315′ W. Marker is in Orwell, Vermont, in Addison County. Marker is at the intersection of Vermont Route 22A and Vermont Route 73, on the right when traveling south on State Route 22A. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Military Road (approx. 2.3 miles away); American Blockhouse – 1777 (approx. 3.9 miles away); Southern Battery – 1777 (approx. 3.9 miles away); Foundation -1776 or 1777 (approx. 3.9 miles away); The American Southern Defenses – 1776-1777 (approx. 4 miles away); British Blockhouse - 1777 (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orwell.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Former marker on same subject that was replaced
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2016, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 29, 2016, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. 3. submitted on July 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.