All historic sites open Battle of Bennington Day, Wednesday August 16

Graphic credit to most recent Vermont State Employees Association newsletter

Bennington Battle Day, a recognized Vermont State Holiday, honors the historic victory of colonial forces over the British on August 16, 1777. Vermont State Historic Sites will be free to the public on Wednesday, August 16 to celebrate the 246th anniversary of this significant event in American history.

After a day of non-stop rain, the American forces lead by Gen. John Stark and Col. Seth Warner defeated the British and German troops desperately trying to capture much needed provisions from the colonial arsenal in Bennington.

The Battle of Bennington, fought in Walloomsac, New York, about 10 miles from Bennington on August 16, 1777, was the precursor to the defeat of British Gen. John Burgoyne’s army two months later at Saratoga, turning the tide of war in favor of the Americans. The 306-foot-tall Bennington Battle Monument, the tallest unreinforced masonry building in Vermont, was dedicated in 1891 to mark the site of that colonial arsenal.

Two other Vermont State Historic Sites open to the public were integral to American Revolutionary War history: Mount Independence in Orwell is one of the most intact Revolutionary War sites in America, and the Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton preserves the location of the only Revolutionary battle fought in what would become Vermont.

Other Vermont State Historic Sites open for Bennington Battle Day with free admission include Chimney Point in Addison, President Chester A. Arthur site in Fairfield, and President Calvin Coolidge site in Plymouth Notch. 

The Senator Justin Morrill Historic Site in Strafford remains closed. For further information and hours of operations, please visit the State Historic Sites website or contact Historic Sites Section Chief Victoria Sample, 802-505-8592.

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  1. By the way, should I presume that the town of Bennington will be hanging colorful LGBTQPLUSPLUS flags to show “inclusion” (just as they did for the July 4th holiday last month) for all the countless “trans” people, all the women feigning manhood, various homosexuals, and the plethora of patriotic “pregnant people” who so courageously fought in this Revolutionary era battle that helped the New World gain complete and near-final independence from Europe.

    Bennington, VT is always on the cutting edge; therefore it’s a shame they can no longer “include” some economic prosperity, a healthy Real Estate market, or physicians at SVMC any longer due to these ingenious “woke” policies!

  2. Enjoy it while you still can, Vermont’s leftists will probably try and ban
    this, as it may offend some of the snowflakes……………………………….

    Vermonters better wake up

  3. The Bennington Battle monument is an obelisk. A “symbol” created by the ancient Egyptians, a group well known for their diversity and equity practices. The secret societies that Kennedy spoke of mark their territories with monuments designed by the Pharahos. You see them everywhere, yet no one ever questioned the meaning behind the phallic symbols in city squares and public buildings around the world. Vatican City, London, the District of Corruption, Bennington, VT. As the activists tear down historic statues attempting to hide and subvert historical events, the obelisks and other mythology symbols are left untouched. The blood spilled in Bennington was not intended for ogliarchs, despots, and communists to later spit on the graves, burn the flag, or enslave generations to come with insurmountable debt, despair, and degredation. This time, the Revolution is global and the enemy is the same extact one General Stark and Colonal Warner fought in 1777.

  4. The Justin Morrill site ought to be closed forever. His tax scheme led to the civil war, more any other single act or action. He was not a good American.

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