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Bennington Battle Monument

Stylish Times: 18th and 19th Century Fashion Show

Time: 2:00 PM – Seating starts at 1:30
Location: The OFC Barn on Monument Circle

Sponsored by the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument Admission: Donations are gratefully accepted.


“STYLISH TIMES” FASHION SHOW COMING TO THE MONUMENT 
If the popularity of costume drama series such as “Bridgerton,” “The Crown,” and “The Gilded Age” are any indication, people love to see actors dressed up in the fashions of long ago. On August 18, 2024, at 2 pm, you can see historic costumes live and in person at the “Stylish Times” Historic Fashion Show presented by the Friends of the Bennington Monument at the Carriage Barn on Monument Circle. Phyllis Chapman, through her “Vintage Visitors” historic programs, will present historically correct, reproduction costumes from the late 18th century through the end of the 19th century. Live models will appear in a wide variety of ensembles. Fashionable dress of the period offers many surprising details and habits, not to mention—fads! What was a “lobster tail” and why did women want to wear one? Why were the fashions of the “Bridgerton” period considered so shocking? And-what did they wear underneath it all? The answers are entertaining and enlightening!


 

Bennington Battle Weekend

Friday, August 16th- Free Admission at All State Historic Sites

DAR Marker Dedication

10AM-2PM

To commemorate Bennington Battle Day, the Bennington Monument State Historic Site and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will be dedicating a Revolutionary War Patriots marker at the site. 

 

Saturday August 17th- 

Bennington Battle Day 5K

Celebrating it's 20th year is the Bennington Battle Day 5k! 

Registration for the race:

www.benningtonbattlemonument.com sponsored by the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument

Shirt pick up  at 7:30 AM

Race and Kids Fun Run Start at 8:30 AM

 

Moodus Drum & Fife Concert

Free Performance starts at 12:00 noon until 2:30 on the lawn in front of the Monument. 

 

Saturday August 17th - Sunday August 18th 

Reenactor Encampment 

10AM-5PM

Reenactors will be on site with cannons, rifle muster and educational programs. 

 

Sunday August 18th

History in Style

2pm

This free program on 19th century style will take place in the OFC Barn on Monument Circle. 


 

Reading of the Declaration of Independence

10AM to 5PM

Free Event

Embrace the Revolutionary Spirit at the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence a the Bennington Battle Monument, built to commemorate the Revolutionary War battle that changed the course of American history! The Declaration will be read by Citizen Faye (Mike Chapman), there will be games for children, and more!


 

Bennington Battle Weekend Celebration

10 AM – 5 PM

August 12th & 13th

In August of 1777 a decisive battle took place 9 miles from a much-needed storehouse, where the Monument now stands. A small contingent of minute men and farmers stayed behind guarding the storehouse. Reenactors will be onsite to discuss the importance of the Battle of Bennington and what life was like for Colonial Soldiers. This is an ongoing outdoor event and will include a battle reenactment, musket drills, a drum and fife demonstration, and more!  

 

The first event is the 19th annual Battle Day 5K, starting at 8:30 AM.  The race begins on the North side of the circle, around and down Walloomsac Road to the Airport and back.  There is also a ‘fun run’ around the circle for young children.  Registration for the race is online only, the form is on the website: benningtonbattlemonument.com. The Friends Group is working to have adequate volunteers directing traffic and parking.  Local participation is welcome.  The race will start with musket fire, which is one of the unique parts of the race. 

Another event happening Saturday is the free Fife and Drum Concert, with the Moodus Drum and Fife Corp.  The Moodus Drums are the same drums that were played at the dedication of the Monument 132 years ago, August 19th, 1891.  An account of their appearance at the Monument’s dedication can be found in the ‘Dedication Book’ on page 72.  The concert starts at noon, they play 4 sets, each set is 20 minutes, with a 10-minute rest.  The Corp will be in the Battle Day parade on Sunday.

 A colonial powderhorn maker will be demonstrating his craft Saturday, along with approximately 25 re-enactors camping on the lawn as they have done in the past.  They start arriving and setting up camp Friday evening.  The public is welcome to visit and talk with them once they are set up.  There will be cannon firing as part of their encampment event Saturday, and Sunday morning.  We have set times for firing their 3 rounds on Saturday at 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM, and 4:30 PM.  There will only be one firing of 3 rounds on Sunday around 11:30 and then they break up camp.

Please contact me at the Monument with any suggestions or questions

Father's Day from Monument to Battlefield

10 AM – 5 PM

Is your father a history buff? This self-driving tour starts at the Monument and will take visitors all the way to the Battlefield. Enjoy a scenic and historic drive with plaques and markers to read along the way and a historic covered bridge to cross! Driving tour information will be available at the Monument gift shop and includes a brief history of the Battle and the Monument.

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