Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington

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The Bennington Battle Monument is a 301or 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 (including the site). 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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  • I was more impressed with this tower than I anticipated. It can be seen from miles away. An elevator takes visitors to the top. My view was greatly enhanced by Fall coloring at its peak. Make sure to ...  more »
  • When we were there it was a chilly and rainy day. Going to the top would not of done any good for it was also a little foggy. The monument is located in the spot were the Ammunition storage was. It is...  more »
  • There is a small display downstairs and an escorted elevator ride to the viewing area. It was not busy so we did not have to hurry or jostle to see through each window. It's not a must see from inside...  more »
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  • Excellent experience. Beautiful views for miles. Vermont has the nicest people. They make you feel so welcomed. The people at the shop and Monument were the best. They made the visit even better.
  • Monument is very nice, the grounds are well maintained. Even when the monument is closed you can still visit the outside. It is a no fee location unless you go inside the monument.
  • You ride an elevator to the top of the monument to great views. Great picture opportunity. The history behind The Green Moutain Boys in the Revolutionary War is interesting. Good gift shop.
  • A beautiful monument to a revolutionary war battle, with a nice gift shop and a very impressive view.
  • Nice little historical site. Has good views of the surrounding area.

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