April 14, 2014
The Bennington Battle Monument opens for the season on Saturday, April 19. For those seeking family activities over Easter Weekend, there's a daily Easter egg hunt on the grounds and everyone's encouraged to see spring’s arrival from the observation floor of the state's tallest structure. The egg hunts begin at 10:00 a.m. and some eggs include free passes to the monument and surprise gifts inside. The monument and gift shop will be open daily through October 31.
With the cornerstone laid in August 1887, the Bennington Battle Monument was built to commemorate the battle fought on August 16, 1777. This pivotal battle in the American War for Independence led to British General John Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga, New York on October 17 and marked the turning point of the Revolutionary War. This state-owned historic site, rising 306 feet and containing 417 steps, has been open since 1891.
Scenic vistas of Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York, are seen from the observation level high within the Monument. The observation level is accessible by elevator. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children (ages 6 through 14), children 5 and under are free, as are scheduled school groups.
Events for the season include the annual Climb of Your Life sponsored by the American Lung Association on June 7, Flag Day for children on June 14, and the annual Fourth of July reading of the Declaration of Independence. Bennington Battle Day will be celebrated on the weekend of August 16-17 with an encampment featuring cannons and re-enactors; the Battle Day 5k road race and children’s fun run is Saturday August 16. Further information and a complete calendar of events are available at www.historicsites.vermont.org/bennington, also like Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook or call (802) 447-0550.
Media Contact: Marylou Chicote, (802) 447-0550
Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: April 14, 2014 13:06:15