The Bennington Battle Monument

The Bennington Battle Monument

Special Prsentation


Saturday, August 15, 2020, at 2:00 PM

To commemorate 100 years of the women’s right to vote the Bennington Battle Monument and the Friends of the Monument will host Susan B. Anthony. The presentation will take place on Saturday August 15th at 2:00 PM in the Old First Church Barn on Monument Circle. Masks are required and seating is limited, please call ahead for a reservation 802 447-0550. No admission will be charged donations are accepted.

Although she didn't live to see its fulfillment, Susan B Anthony dedicated her life's work to winning the right to vote for women of the United States. Through “Vintage Visitors” Phyllis Chapman will portray “Susan” in full costume and speak in the first person. Her presentation will describe the long road traveled from women’s' suffrage beginnings in 1848 through to its successful completion in 1920. Using visuals and movie clips Phyllis will detail the on-the-ground experiences that Susan and others met along with the resistance and mockery the suffragists encountered in the 20th century. Susan’s story explains how the increased militancy of the movement during the Progressive Era finally won the vote.

Because of the limitations imposed due to the Covid-19 situation, no events are currently planned for the 2020 season.

The Monument and gift shop are now open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 10AM to 5PM.

2019 Events at The Bennington Battle Monument

For further information call the monument at 802-447-0550

May 1:The Monument opens for the 2019 season
The Monument is open daily for elevator rides to the top, May 1 trough October 31, 2019. Hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

May 12 Sunday: Mother'sDay
Enjoy the beautiful spring view with your Mother. Every Mother receives a carnation to take home.

June 14 Friday:Flag Day – The Stars and Stripes and More
Celebrate our nation's most enduring symbol with flag presentations and making activities for children and adults.
A lot to learn.
Time: 2:00 AM to 4:00 PM

July 4 Thursday:Reading and Celebration of the Declaration of Independence
Historic Games and Colonial fun leading up to the reading of the Declaration of Independence. This is an annual tradition on the grounds of the Monument.
A replica declaration is available for all to sign.
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

July 5 Friday: Historic Walk
Join this guided walk down Monument Avenue , between the Monument and The Old First Church. The guides will discuss the history and architecture of the homes on this route.
Starts at the Monument at 7:00 PM

August 16 Friday: Bennington Battle Day
All state historic sites are free.
There will be a commemorative ceremony at the Battle Field at 7:00 PM

August 17 and 18: The weekend anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Bennington
There will be an encampment of revolutionary war re-enacters at the Monument.

Saturday August 17: The annual Battle Day 5K road race
Sponsored by the Friends of the Monument.
This is the fifteenth annual 5K race that starts and ends at the Monument. The course is slightly rolling. In keeping with the Battle Day activities, this race is started with the firing of a cannon or revolutionary war era rifle. Following the 5K race is a 1/2 mile Kids fun Run. A fun easy race for children.
We had a very successful race with over 100 runners. Results can be viewed and downloaded at Female overall places, Male overall places, Female by age group, and Male by age group

August 17: Moodus Drum & Fife Corps
The Moodus Drum and Fife Corps will put on a 20 minute presentations between 12:00 and 2:00 PM.
The Moodus Drum & Fife Corps played for the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument back in 1891, and in 2018 they returned to Bennington for the first time in 127 years to perform at the monument and to march in the Battle Days parade. Of their 1891 appearance, the Centennial Committee wrote - "There were fifteen in the corps, and as they marched down the street the complimentary remarks were many. Their music could be plainly heard for a long distance, and would have aroused martial sensations in a stone post. If this was a fair sample, the Continental army marched to inspiring music."

August 17th: Notorious Woman - Shady Ladies of the 19th century
The Bennington Battle Monument and the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument will sponsor a production by Vintage Visitors Presentations to take place at the Old First Church Barn on Monument Circle.
Infamous ladies such as Calmity Jane, Belle Starr, Lizzie Borden, Ldia Pinkam, Cary A. Nation will appear in costume to discuss their lives. The Vintage Visitor Interpreters will remain for a short period after the show, in costume, to chat and answer questions.
There will be a $10.00 admission for adults (15 and over) and $2.00 for youth (14 and under). Light refreshments will be served.
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 PM

August 18 Sunday: Historic Walk
Join this guided walk down Monument Avenue , between the Monument and The Old First Church. The guides will discuss the history and architecture of the homes on this route.
Starts at the Monument at 2:00 PM