Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bennington Battle Monument Juts Way Up to the Sky

Big cities have skyscrapers.

 Bennington, Vermont, has the Revolutionary War Bennington Battle Monument.

It's the tallest structure in the state at 306 feet, four and a half inches tall!

Standing at the bottom of it, does kind of make a person feel like an ant.

One can see it from quite far away as it juts high above the trees and looks quite awesome.

It commemorates a battle long ago between the Colonial forces and the British that actually took place in New York State. 

Blossoming tree on the lawn near the monument

The monument was built on the site of an arsenal depot, or the storage site of the military supplies.

The actual battle was over in two hours.

Brigadier General John Stark and his American forces defeated two detachments of British General John Burgoyne's invading army, according to a brochure procured in the Monument Gift Shop.

The impressive structure was made  from blue-grey magnesian limestone from Hudson Falls, New York. 

         (See those black spots in the sky?  I believe those were birds that  were caught by the camera.!)

One can take an elevator up to the top, something I avoided due to a terrible fear of heights. 

The view of the lush countryside must be gorgeous, though.

The monument is owned by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

The grounds are lovely. 

There's even this decorative moose on the lawn:



diane.stetson said...

I LOVE historical places. This reminded me of the Washington monument in D.C. ...very tall. The countryside looked so GREEN and so pretty. I would have definitely taken that elevator ride to the top. Great Pictures!

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: in your country there are many historical monuments. In my country there are fewer monuments of the past. Keep in touch

Merlesworld said...

Yes very much, as we are a young country we don't have ancient buildings we consider things old over 100years, but in France a few years ago we were visiting places hundreds of year old, it seams amazing that they are still standing and they look like they will still be there for a few more years yet.

Linda O'Connell said...

I loved visiting historic New England. Thank you for this wonderful visit, Susan.

Carol said...

Very nice pictures and thanks for the short history lesson. Hope the rest of your week is great!

Susan said...

When we first moved to Massachusetts in the 90s, we did weekend trips to see everything (I was an American history minor)and loved seeing places I had only read about. So many beautiful areas and part of the heart of this country, XOXO

Bookie said...

Yes, places with history are my favorite sites to visits. I have been by this monument...did not know you could ride to the top!

Karen Lange said...

Love these photos, Susan, thanks for sharing them! I do like to visit historical places. The last time I was in Vermont was when I was about 14 or 15. I'd love to go back sometime.

Have a great week,

marianne said...

Yes, I too enjoy visiting historical places. I have been to the Bennington Monument; it was in the fall and my son and I did go to the top; the view of the Vermont countryside in Autumn from that high place was spectacular!

Looks like you had a delightful spring day for your visit. Enjoyed the photos; everything is so very green. After the whiteness of winter it is a feast for the eyes, isn't it? The change of seasons in New England is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

We live on the east coast and are fortunate to visit many historical sites. Our daughter lives in New England and we have taken trips to Bennington, Vt. The grandchildren enjoyed it very much. I also love visiting Bennington Potters there also as I collect their pottery.
Martha Ellen

Nellie said...

You won't find me on that elevator, either, Susan! That is a fear we share.

Visiting historical places is something I truly enjoy. It is very sobering to pause and think about what happened in this place.

Annesphamily said...

I hate elevators more than heights! This was so cool. I love learning new stuff each day.Our youngest son went to St Louis and he went up into the Arch! It was neat because he took a bunch of photos of the city and it was a beautiful clear day! He said he was a little nervous going up that high! I sure love visiting you Susan. Whenever I see a carousel I will always think of you. Have a great week!

Rick Watson said...

I've always wanted to go to Vermont. The closest I ever got was when I went to New Hampshire when I was in the Army. I looks like a beautiful place.

Zoe Byrd said...

Oh my gosh I went there last fall. It WAS higher than I thought!I guess I didnt expect something sitting where it is from that time period to be so high. I love heights so that is saying something.

Dee said...

I love historical places and appreciate you sharing the one's you are visiting. It is almost as good as being there.The monument is amazingly tall and well built.

Chatty Crone said...

I enjoy visiting historical places. This looked interesting. And the scenery was beautiful! The green grass and flowers. It was tall - especially for way back then. sandie

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