Bennington Battle Monument – Bennington VT

RATING: ♦♦♦♦

From Arrowhead Marina and RV Park, we took a day trip to Bennington VT. The town is home to the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest human-made structure in the state of Vermont. The monument honors the Battle of Bennington, which took place during the Revolutionary War.

On August 16, 1777, Gen. John Stark’s 1,500-strong New Hampshire Militia defeated 800 German (Hessian) mercenaries, local Loyalists, Canadians and Indians under the command of German Lt. Col. Friedrich Baum.

German reinforcements under the command of Lt. Col. Heinrich von Breymann looked set to reverse the outcome, but were prevented by the arrival of Seth Warner’s Green Mountain Boys, the Vermont militia founded by Ethan Allen.

In 1891, theBennington Battle Monumentwas opened to commemorate the victory. The monument is a 306-foot-high (93m) stoneobeliskthat is the tallest human-made structure in Vermont. It is a popular tourist attraction. An elevator takes visitors to the observation town. From there we could see the town of Bennington as well as parts of three states: Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York.

The general area around the town is mostly rolling hills with lots of forest. The hillsides were beginning to turn color when we drove through. There were colorful moose statues throughout the town. We are from Toledo OH where there are similar frog statues.

Definitely worth the day trip.

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