MONTPELIER, Vt. – August 16 is a Vermont state holiday commemorating the victory over the British at the Battle of Bennington in 1777. To celebrate this pivotal moment of the American Revolution, admission to all state-owned historic sites will be free on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Pack a picnic, grab the kids, invite your friends and head out to enjoy a wonderful summer day in Vermont at any of the state-owned historic sites.
The annual Bennington Battle Living History Encampment begins at the Bennington Battle Monument on August 15. Costumed reenactors will be on-site all weekend. Authentic Revolutionary War cannons will be displayed and fired periodically. Two other Vermont state historic sites, Mount Independence and the Hubbardton Battlefield, also played important roles in the American Revolution. In 1776 and 1777, American forces built a fort at Mount Independence in Orwell, now the least disturbed Revolutionary War site in America.
The Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton marks the site of the only Revolutionary War battle found on Vermont soil, occurring on July 7, 1777. Bennington Battle Day commemorations will include a walk at 2:00 p.m. with site interpreter Carl Fuller, who will reveal why the Battle of Hubbardton was an important precursor to the American victory at Bennington. Following the walk, visitors can view the short film, Commemorating the Battle of Bennington with Howard Coffin, edited by Jackie Marro for the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument.
Also on August 16, Members of the Green Mountain Timekeepers Society will be on hand from noon to 4:00 PM at the Chimney Point Historic Site in Addison to speak with visitors about historic clocks, watches, and repairs. Bring your historic timepieces or photographs and learn more about them.
The Old Constitution House in Windsor, the Senator Justin Smith Morrill State Historic Site in Strafford, the Eureka Schoolhouse in Springfield, the President Chester A. Arthur Historic Site in Fairfield, and the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch will also be open and free to the public for the Bennington Battle Day Holiday.