Fort Ethan Allen Living History Day


100th Anniversary, 10th Cavalry, U.S. Army, "Buffalo Soldiers" in Vermont
Saturday, August 1, 2009, Parade Begins at 11:00 am 
Fort Ethan Allen, Dalton Drive, Colchester/Essex, VT  

    Fort Ethan Allen was an active fort from 1894 to 1960 and the 10th Cavalry has been  de signated its most famous troo ps according to the historic marker placed on the parade ground at the fort. Please join us in celebrating the 100t  h anniversary of the 10th Cavalry, “Buffalo Soldiers,” arrival in Vermont (July 28, 1909). The day will begin at 11:00 am with a “Mounted Cavalry Parade” with by National 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association members, many of whom are WWII and Korean era veterans.
Share in the unique history of Fort Ethan Allen and its veterans through narrated tours of the fort, the Stone Tower, the new Fort Ethan Allen Museum, Camp Johnson Militia Museum, historical exhibits by local historical societies, UVM and St. Michael's archives, /WWII Museum of Black History and the Morgan Horse Heritage Foundation, oral history recordings, lectures, music and children’s activities. 
Free and open to the public.  Educational and appropriate for all ages. 
  • 9:30 am - Bringing The Colors Home (Mounted parade from the CVE, Route 15 to Fort Ethan Allen expected to arrive at the Fort at 10:00 am - This is a symbolic recreation of the return of the Buffalo Soldiers.
  • Ginny Megehee and Jim Condon, Emcees - Gazebo, Parade Ground
  • 11:00 am - Mounted Cavalry Parade w/9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry members, veterans, VisionQuest youth reenactors and the 40th Army Band - Dalton Drive, Officer's Row
  • 12:30 pm - History of the Buffalo Soldiers by Col. (ret.) Franklin Henderson - Parade Ground, Main Tent
  • 1:30 pm - The Morgan Horse in the U.S. Military by LTC Chris Heidorf - Elley Long Music Center (Former Indoor Riding Ring)
  • 2:00 pm - 40th Army Band Concert - Parade Ground, Main Tent
  • 3:00 pm - New Alpha Missionary Baptis Choir - Parade Ground, Main Tent
  • 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Narrated Walking and Shuttle Tours (English & French)
  • 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm - View the Stone Water Tower,
  • 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Tours of the Fort Ethan Allen Museum
  • 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Militia Museum Open (Shuttle from the fort to the militia museum and return all afternoon.)
  • 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Exhibits by St. Michael's College Archives, University of Vermont Archives, Norwich University, Chittenden County Historical Society, Colchester Historical Society, Essex Community Historical Society, Winooski Historical Society, Vermont Historical Society, Civilian Conservation Corps and the Black WWII Museum from Pownall, VT and Morgan Horse Heritage Foundation.
  • 12:00 - 3:30 pm - Oral History Recordings (Elley Long Music Center) Sign up at the Information Table on the parade ground.
  • Camp Johnson Military Cemetery Open (Many of the Vermont Buffalo Soldiers are buried there.)
  • VT French Canadian Genealogical Society will be open as will various businesses at the Fort.
  • Give-a-ways and activities for the kids near the playground.

Food available for purchase and provided by Pam's or bring your own lunch for a picnic on the parade grounds.
This event is brought to you through the generous support of our volunteers and donors.
We welcome donations of any amount. We're a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. If you are interested in volunteering or contributing to this celebration, please send donations to or contact:
VT Area - 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association 
Trooper Rose Mary Graveline
75 Front Street, Burlington, VT 05401
802-658-3383 or
Vermont Buffalo Soldiers