The Road to the Revolutionary War

The Road to the Revolutionary War

The Road to the Revolutionary War

‘Battle of Bennington’ by F.C. Yohn, provided courtesy of the Chapman Historical Museum, Glens Falls, N.Y.

‘Battle of Bennington’ by F.C. Yohn, provided courtesy of the Chapman Historical Museum, Glens Falls, N.Y.

The road once traveled to a battle that set the stage for America’s victory in the Revolutionary War will be the focal point of a special event on Saturday, June 7. The grand opening of the ‘Road to the Battle of Bennington’ will also introduce an interpretive driving tour featuring a mobile application. Festivities to mark this mix of history and technology begin at 11 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Canal Corp Parking area at Fort Miller in Fort Edward, N.Y. An interpretive trail kiosk and the ‘Lakes to Locks PassagePort’ mobil app will be unveiled to highlight the story of Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum, who led a detachment from General John Burgoyne’s army toward Bennington in a desperate bid to secure horses, provisions and Loyalist support.  The kiosk marks the beginning of the Interpretive Trail. Following the ceremony, visitors can join a bus tour or travel in their own vehicles along the route, which meanders through the beautiful hills of Washington and Rensselaer counties to the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site, where there will be guided tours by costumed interpreters. Lunch is included in the bus tour. The cost is $25; reservations and payment should be sent by May 22 to: Washington County Historical Society, c/o Kay Tomasi, P.O. Box 573, Salem, N.Y., 12865. Visitors in their own vehicles may also purchase the lunch for $10. For details, contact Kay Tomasi at 518-854-7274.

 

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