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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  • This was a nice informative tour on a beautiful summers day. I believe it cost five dollars per adult to go into tower. The staff here are great and the views spectacular. If your in the Bennington ar...  more »
  • Even in the snow, this was an interesting and atmospheric place, well worth a visit. Out of season, the museum is closed, so be aware.  more »
  • a long walk up to the top so do not start it if you cannot walk up to the torch at top of the statue of liberty in Manhatten. Nice spot with nice views of Bennington and located in oldest part of benn...  more »
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  • Awe inspiring monument rivaling the Washington monument. Must visit this during Spring Summer or Fall to get inside. Elevator is open only during season. Check with Vermont parks site to see opening and close dates. You can walk around the outside all year long though.
  • There is not much to see in the monument. But the view from the top is absolutely beautiful. Well worth the $5.00 to go to the top. Employees are all very friendly and the gift shop in nice. Bennington is a very nice place to visit.
  • Tallest building in Vermont and built in the 1800's! LOL really neat thing to see when going to Vermont. friendly and informative staff will answer all of your questions about the place, it has a pretty cool history!
  • It is tall! And the view from the top is great. If you driving nearby worth the stop.
  • The views are beautiful. Alan, the elevator operator, was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly! It was a nice experience worth the 5 dollars.

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