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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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  • My fiance who grew up in bennington kept asking me to go to the monument. I kept declining every time we would visit her parents. I finally agreed to go and it was awesome. Great view and very friendl...  more »
  • Staying in the Birkshire mountains, our group decided to visit this landmark. The people in the welcome center provided a wealth of information about the area and what went on at this monument. We too...  more »
  • I had seen this monument from a distance for years but never had time to stop. When we did stop it was a cool place to spend an hour or so, taking the elevator up to the top to take in the view and th...  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.
  • 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.
  • Price for entrance is a bit steep for what amounts to a glorified lookout point. Much less on the historical nature of the site than I would have liked, but the view was pretty. Also (for some reason) there is a large, painted moose statue. Be careful crossing from parking to the green as some people use the circle as a turn around point, at high speed.
  • Great for any American history buff. They view from the top is quite spectacular as well.
  • Very nice monument. Visited late October. Took the tour to the top. Stop in the souvenir shop for tickets. 9 year old boys enjoyed it. Tours end in the Fall with the last tour on Halloween. Nice stop. Large grass area for kids to get out and stretch their legs. Parking seems to be best at the far side of the monument.