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Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington

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The Bennington Battle Monument is a 301 or 306 ft stone obelisk located at 15 Monument Circle, in Bennington, Vermont. The monument commemorates the Battle of Bennington during the American Revolutionary War.In that battle, on August 17, 1777, Brigadier General John Stark and 1,400 New Hampshire men, aided by Colonels Warner and Herrick of Vermont, Simonds of Massachusetts, and Moses Nichols of New Hampshire, defeated two detachments of General John Burgoyne's British army, who were seeking to capture a store of weapons and food maintained where the monument now stands. While the battle is termed the Battle of Bennington, it actually occurred about away, in Walloomsac, New York; the Bennington Battlefield, a U.S. National Historic Landmark is entirely within New York State.In 1877 a local historical society began to plan a monument for the battle's centenary, and considered many designs. One which called for a slender stone column only tall was showcased during the battle's centennial celebration, which was attended by President Rutherford B. Hayes. The committee eventually accepted J. Phillip Rinn's design with some changes. The monument's cornerstone was laid in 1887, and it was completed in November 1889 at a total cost of $112,000 . It is constructed of Sandy Hill Dolomite from present day Hudson Falls, New York, a blue-gray magnesian limestone containing numerous fossils. Dedication ceremonies were delayed until 1891, when President Benjamin Harrison attended the ceremonies and held a reception at the nearby Walloomsac Inn. Today the Bennington Battle Monument is a Vermont State Historic Site.
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  • We didn't go up in the tower, although you can for a reasonable price. The staff were knowledgeable and good to talk to. There is a small gift shop and they might have free tickets to the Bennington M...  read more »
  • Worth the time to check this out if you're passing by. Wonderful views of autumn foliage for quite a distance. Also more of the Revolutionary history to go with Fort Ticonderoga and Saratoga. 
  • I was here in 09 but it was a hot summer day so stopping here with the wife was something I wanted to do. Beautiful October day with leaves at peak color. This is just a beautiful monument. You stop a...  read more »
  • Had no idea this even existed until I happened to drive through Bennington. I had to find out what the Lord of the rings looking tower was. Great views from top. Educational. And a very cool stop
  • The history is great. Kind of pricey to ride up to the top. But view was good when we were there
  • Scenic place. Great place to visit during fall colours. They take to top of the battle Monument for some fee. From the top view is great, though you can only look through the window 😜
  • Really cool monument. Staff was really friendly.
  • Cool for history buffs. If you're not into revolutionary war history... it's a nice view.
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