ORW / Mount Independence
White River Junction, Vermont
Interpretive Graphics for Mount Independence State Historic Site
For the first phase of the Environmental Graphics Program at Mount Independence Historic Site, Charles Gibson Design and ORW Landscape Architects and Planners collaborated on the design and implementation of informational kiosks, and a comprehensive wayfinding program of directional signage and interpretive markers. Adjacent to the existing Visitor Center, a three-sided Trailhead Kiosk features a master map panel with color-coded trail routes and historic location icons, a panel on archaeology and an explanation of how Mount Independence found its place in the Revolutionary War. Texts are accompanied by a selection of archival documents and reproductions of art and artifacts. Visitors will also interact with a second kiosk located near the parking lot that features images and information on educational activities at the Mount, 18th century regional military sites, and Vermont’s State Historic Sites Program.
For the second phase, interpretive graphics, display panels and support structures were designed and deployed at the 15 archaeological sites and vistas along the recently constructed Baldwin Trail. Panels feature quotations by important personalities involved in the military build-up at Mount Independence as well as period maps, documents, illustrations, engravings, photographs and reproductions of artifacts connected with each interpretive site.
*Lt. John Starke, Royal Navy, September 18, 1777