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Good Citizen Challenge: Hubbardton Road Trip 

Published July 12, 2018 at 2:23 p.m.

click to enlarge Beatrix and Gabriela pose at Hubbardton Battlefield - BRETT STANCIU
  • Brett Stanciu
  • Beatrix and Gabriela pose at Hubbardton Battlefield
On the steamy morning of July 7, 1777, Patriot and British troops clashed in Hubbardton, the only battle of the American Revolution fought on Vermont soil. While the Patriots were forced to retreat, the battle — with a 27% casualty and capture rate — is considered the beginning of the military end for British General John Burgoyne, who surrendered his entire army to the colonists in October.

On an equally sultry morning, 241 years later, my friend and I, along with our 13-year-olds, Gabriela and Beatrix, packed up a picnic lunch and a thermos of iced coffee to visit the Hubbardton Battlefield during its Revolutionary War Encampment Weekend. Our girls — one a middleschooler at Hazen Union in Hardwick and the other a homeschooler — are Good Citizen Challenge participants and wanted to earn more points. A trip to the battlefield is worth 10 points; a visit during the Encampment Weekend earned an additional 20-point bonus.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.


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