28 The Declaration of Independence ~ 1:00 p.m. in the Tavern

Included with your regular admission

The Declaration of Independence was ratified on July 4th, 1776. But the realities of communication and distance meant that the news took time to reach the various provinces in 18th Century America. The first recorded reading of the Declaration of Independence in Vermont took place on July 28th at Mt. Independence. Join us on that Day to hear the Declaration read before taking your tour of the home of Vermont's Founding Father.



8 Potash Fever! 10:00 a.m. - 4p.m.

Included with your regular admission

Potassium is a key ingredient in many mineral and chemical compounds. In the 18th Century it was called " Potash" because of the method of production. Potash was historically used as fertilizer, to bleach fabric, and in the production of saltpeter, glass, and ceramics. On August 8th, 1808, Vermont smugglers attempted to sneak a load of potash to Canada in defiance of the Embargo act. They were intercepted by Customs Officials and a shootout resulted. Join us this August 8th as we manufacture Potash on the lawn of the Allen House and learn a little more about this precious commodity!




20 Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution

Presentation by Willard Sterne Randall

2:00 p.m. in the Founders Tavern at the Ethan Allen Homestead

Unshackling America challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Willard Sterne Randall documents unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Throughout this perilous period, the struggle was all about free trade.


Neither Jefferson nor any other Founding Father could divine that the Revolutionary Period of 1763 to 1783 had concluded only one part, the first phase of their ordeal. The Treaty of Paris of 1783 at the end of the Revolutionary War halted overt combat but had achieved only partial political autonomy from Britain. By not guaranteeing American economic independence and agency, Britain continued to deny American sovereignty.


Randall details the fifty years and persistent attempts by the British to control American trade waters, but he also shows how, despite the outrageous restrictions, the United States asserted the doctrine of neutral rights and developed the world’s second largest merchant fleet as it absorbed the French Caribbean trade. American ships carrying trade increased five-fold between 1790 and 1800, its tonnage nearly doubling again between 1800 and 1812, ultimately making the United States the world’s largest independent maritime power.