Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington

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The Bennington Battle Monument is a 306-foot-high (93 m) stone obelisk located at 15 Monument Circle, in Bennington, Vermont, United States. The monument commemorates the Battle of Bennington during the American Revolutionary War.

In that battle, on 16 August 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 10 miles (16 km) away, in Walloomsac, New York; the Bennington Battlefield, a U.S. National Historic Landmark, is entirely within the state of New York.

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 100 feet (30 m) 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.
From its observatory level at 200 feet (61 m), which can be reached by elevator (but not the 417 stairs, which are closed), one can see Vermont along with the other U.S. states of Massachusetts and New York. A kettle captured from General Burgoyne's camp at Saratoga is visible in the monument along with a diorama of the second engagement, and information on how the monument was built. Statues of John Stark ("Live free or die"), Seth Warner, and other notables ornament the grounds.

The monument, while 10 miles (16 km) from the relevant battlefield, is located very close to what was once the site of the Catamount Tavern, where Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys planned the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775.
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  • I can only comment based on seeing from ground. It is an impressive sight. I expect the views from top are fabulous. I was planning to go up, but as I was in line some woman (Iam guessing a tour... 
    I can only comment based on seeing from ground. It is an impressive sight. I expect the views from top are fabulous. I was planning to go up, but as I was in line some woman (Iam guessing a tour...  more »
  • This was a great stop in our Vermont road trip. The local high school was having a bakery sale and they were extremely welcoming and helpful. The goodies were great. We went up the elevator and the... 
    This was a great stop in our Vermont road trip. The local high school was having a bakery sale and they were extremely welcoming and helpful. The goodies were great. We went up the elevator and the...  more »
  • Dont get too excited. If its en route fine. Otherwise i wouldnt bother. Local attraction, but not much more. We didnt go up 
    Dont get too excited. If its en route fine. Otherwise i wouldnt bother. Local attraction, but not much more. We didnt go up  more »
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  • Love it! Super friendly staff and the place is very clean. When we got there, the gift shop store has the tickets you can purchased for the 20 story elevator ride. They have lots of gift items including Vermont Maple Syrup. The view on the top was amazing and the elevator attendant was very entertaining. Quick stop with lots of history.
  • This was quite a treat!! We were able to witness the Beauty of Vermont, and find out some cool facts about The Battle of Bennington. You take a elevator up to the top and you can literally see All the States Surrounding it. The foliage was perfect!! The Locals were Awesome!! Everyone I met was a Pleasure!
  • Cool spot, nice views from the tower and some pretty interesting history. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable, however if you pay for the trip up the tower, with the small area you get after the short elevator ride, a more reasonable price would be in the $2-$3 range, not $5 per person. Museum was free and had some cool history and displays. All in all, if you’re in the area it’s a cool place to stop by.
  • Out of this world!! Such rich History and the area is so beautiful. Elevator to the top is about 60 sec...and it's just stunning up there. Gift shop is nice and prices are reasonable.
  • Great view and nicely manicured grounds. Not currently open on Wednesdays. There is an elevator that appears to bring you to an observation platform at the top of the monument. You need to buy at ticket in order to do that. Facility has a restroom. Plaques around property outline history of location. Informative and at the very least a good spot to get out, walk, stretch your legs and get a quick history lesson

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