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've been to and through Bennington before and, amazingly, never stopped over at the monument before. Nice quiet spot, took in the history and road up the structure for a great view of the village and...  more »
  • Always enjoy spending some time here. Elevator operators are very knowledgeable. Shop manager is always very helpful and friendly. A must place to visit in Bennington  more »
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  • I've been coming here since I was a child and I'm still amazed by how magnificent this monument is. The entire neighborhood is rich in history and most definitely worth a visit. The view from the top of the monument is great of course, but make sure to also take a walk around old Bennington. The old architecture is beautiful and Robert Frost's grave is a quick walk away in the nearby cemetery.
  • If you're in Bennington, Vermont, this is a cool - and significant - thing to go see. Right out of Colonial times, and definitely something you won't learn about unless you're from the region. Might want to keep in mind that the monument and gift shop are seasonal, only open during the warmer months.

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