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Description - The Battle of Bennington is commemorated annually in August. The monument, along with adjacent museum, gift shop and rest rooms are handicapped accessible. Open daily, April 15 to October 31, 9:00 to 5:00.

Attractions - The summer of 1777 was nearing its end. The British and Germans were pursing the American army on its retreat from the fortifications at Mount Independence and Ticonderoga, but Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne needed food and ammunition. There was a good supply at Bennington, and the general ordered Col. Baum's Hessians to seize it. He also sent word to the Catamount Tavern to have dinner ready for Baum's officers. As it turn out Baum was killed and the Green Mountain Boys ate the dinner.

General John Stark, a tough New Hampshire Indian fighter, attacked Baum and with the help of the Green Mountain Boys, defeated the Hessians. Burgoyne's hungry army retreated to Saratoga and defeat, a stunning American victory that turned the tide of the Revolution. It was during the action at Bennington that the American Flag was first carried in battle. For a comprehensive guide to the American Revolution, visit the National Park Service's site commemorating the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution.

Amid the quiet streets of Old Bennington a 306 foot stone monument rises above the trees marking the spot where the arsenal stood. An elevator operates to an observation point high in the monument, revealing spectacular views of three states. A fine diorama gives the visitor a dramatic glimpse of the action. At ground level, artifacts and exhibit panels interpret the construction and political forces behind the 106-year-old monument.

Recreation - The Battle of Bennington is commemorated annually in August.

The monument, along with adjacent museum, gift shop and restrooms are handicapped accessible. Open daily, April 15 to October 31, 9:00 to 5:00.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (above 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Places in History Travel Region has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (more than 112 centimeters). However, along the eastern boundary of this region, precipitation drops between 36 and 40 inches (91 to 102 centimeters).

Location - From the small village of Old Bennington, travel north on Monument Avenue to reach the State Historic Site.

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Contact Information:
Agency of Commerce & Community Deve., Division for Historic Preservation, National Life Building, Drawer 20 , Montpelier, VT, 05620-0501, Phone: 802-828-3051

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Southern Vermont - Southern Vermont is also known as the Places in History Travel Region due to the historical significance prior to the Revolutionary War and beyond. The 20th century presented the famed artist Norman Rockwell and the city of Brattleboro boasts as the location where Rudyard Kipling produced his finest writings. Beautiful roadways lend themselves to the discovery of nearly a dozen covered bridges, many of which reside on the National Register of Historic Places.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.
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