Bennington Battle Day – Free Admission to State Historic Sites


Bennington Battle Day, Aug. 16, Free Admission

Bennington Battle Day Commemorated with Free Entry to All State Owned Historic Sites
History buffs can save a few bucks on Bennington Battle Day

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont State Holiday that commemorates Bennington Battle’s victory over the British is also a day for Vermonters and visitors to celebrate and explore the state’s rich history. On Bennington Battle Day, August 16, enjoy free admission to all eight of Vermont’s State-Owned Historic Sites.

The Bennington Battle Monument comes alive with history themed festivities all weekend. At the annual Bennington Battle Living History Encampment, authentic cannons from the American Revolution will be display and fired periodically on Saturday and Sunday. The event kicks off with the annual 5K road race, followed by a kids’ fun run.

Two other Vermont State Historic Sites played important roles in the American Revolution’s story and are host to special events on Bennington Battle Day. In 1776 and 1777, American forces built Mount Independence in Orwell, now the least disturbed Revolutionary War site in America. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the site will air the short film, “Commemorating the Battle of Bennington with Howard Coffin.” The Hubbardton Battlefield marks the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought on Vermont soil. At 2:00 p.m., the Battlefield will host storytelling with Vermont authors Nancy Means Wright and Lee Kemsley.

Additional State Historic Sites offering free admission on August 16 include: Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Old Constitution House in Windsor, Justin Smith Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Eureka Schoolhouse in Springfield; President Chester A. Arthur Historic Site in Fairfield, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch.