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Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site

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Address
Route 67
Walloomsac, NY 12090
Latitude 42.933758
Longitude -73.304878

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The Battle of Bennington, fought in modern day New York, pitted a mix of German troops, loyalists, Native Americans, Canadians and British marksmen against American militia commanded by the experienced Brig. Gen. John Stark of New Hampshire and Col. Seth Warner of Vermont. The battle was fought in two engagements on August 16, 1777 and resulted in a decisive victory for the Americans. As a result, Burgoyne's invading army was prevented from obtaining much needed supplies and loyalist recruits. Burgoyne later surrendered on October 17 after the Battles of Saratoga.

Friends of the Bennington Battlefield Newsletter

Mailing Address
c/o Grafton Lakes State Park
PO Box 163 Grafton, NY 12082

Hours of Operation

  • May 1 - Veterans Day
    8am - Sunset, 7 days a week


  • Interpretive panels: 8 am - Susnet.

Teaching with Documents- Grade 7
4th Grade Lesson: Battle of Bennington
4th Grade Activities

Recognizing the strategic importance of the Battle at Walloomsac, New York as a part of the turning point of the American Revolution, the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) of the National Park Service has provided grant funding to conduct a cultural resource survey of the site. Field work for this survey was completed in the fall of 2015. A final Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) compliant public report is still forthcoming, but reproduced below are primary resources that were collected for its research.

Appendix D Primary Sources- American Eyewitnesses 1 of 4

Appendix D Primary Sources- American Eyewitnesses 2 of 4

Appendix D Primary Sources- American Eyewitnesses 3 of 4

Appendix D Primary Sources- American Eyewitnesses 4 of 4

Appendix E Primary Sources- American Official Correspondance

Appendix F Primary Sources- British Sources

Appendix G Primary Sources- Brunswick Sources

Appendix H Primary Sources- Civilian Sources

Appendix I Primary Sources- Loyalist Sources

MAPS- Bach

MAPS- Bennington SARA 4136 #761

MAPS- Durnford

MAPS- Vetter

MAPS- 1826

Battle of Bennington Artifacts

The accompanying files contain photographs of artifacts that were recovered during 2015 and 2016 archaeological surveys. In order to protect the integrity of the battlefield, specific locations have been withheld and no maps are included. It is hoped, however, that in sharing these images the reader will gainan appreciation of the physical record that remains of the battle. The types of weapons and ammunition used by the belligerents may be gleaned from these images. The continuity of land usage is also observable in the variety of agricultural objects deposited over the centuries. The mysterious sections of lead pipe recovered in multiple locations indicate a possible source of raw material for round balls. It is hoped that a more detailed summary of these findings will be made available in the near future.

Artifacts 1

Artifacts 2

Artifacts 3

Artifacts 4

Deer and small game hunting are allowed in season. Hunting permit dates coincide with the NYS DEC hunting permit dates.

A valid hunting license is required to obtain a hunting permit for Bennington Battlefield.

Hunting is not permitted within 500 feet of any building, road, playground, or parking lot, and all trails are considered safety zones where hunting is not allowed.

Permits must be applied for in person, either at the Grafton Lakes State Park Office or by appointment with David Pitlyk. Call 518-279-1155 for inquiries on office hours at Grafton or 518-860-9094 to create an appointment at Bennington. Permits are free but those wishing to obtain them must present valid back tags. While hunting at the site all applicants must observe all applicable New York State laws and regulations as well as Parks policies. 

Thu 19 Apr
Meeting of the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument
Thursday, April 19, 2018 07:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

David Pitlyk will share what is new at the battlefield to the Friends of the Monument in Vermont.

Old First Church Barn, Church Lane and Monument Avenue, Bennington, VT

Thu 26 Apr
Meeting of the Friends of Bennington Battlefield
Thursday, April 26, 2018 03:30 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Meetings of the Friends of Bennington Battlefield are open to the public. New members welcome.

Louis Miller Museum, 166 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, NY

Thu 03 May
Tour of the Battlefield
Thursday, May 3, 2018 03:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Tour the three main areas of interest in the first engagement of the battle. A mix of walking and driving is required.

Fri 04 May
Hiking Battle Loop
Friday, May 4, 2018 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Hike the Battle Loop Trail (1 mile). (Weather permitting.) Hiking boots and warm apparel suggested. Group will meet at the main parking lot of the hilltop.

Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Register: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/zzs5hpu0r41tjb/

Meeting location: Main parking lot on the hilltop

Project Descriptions

Project 1:Volunteers will help fill, plant and hang hanging pots around the information building. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack

Project 2:Volunteers may also assist in clearing undergrowth and brush from the area north of the upper parking lot. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, rakes, loppers, small hand saws

We can accommodate: Small Groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 518-860-9094
Email: david.pitlyk@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Scenic Views
    • Activities
    • Hiking
    • Picnic Area (Accessible)