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. This survey was completed in the fall of 2015 and an Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) compliant public report will be available in 2017.
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site is the location of a Revolutionary War battle between Crown forces commanded by Lt. Col. Friedrich Baum and Lt. Col. Heinrich von Breymann and American militia under Brig. Gen. John Stark and Col. Seth Warner. This battle was fought in two engagements on August 16, 1777 in New York to stop a detachment consisting of Germans and provincial auxiliaries from Lt. Gen. John Burgoyne's army from obtaining horses, cattle, carriages and loyalist recruits as they marched to Bennington. Burgoyne underestimated the strength and obstinacy of the Americans and as a result most of Baum's men were killed or taken prisoner. The British surrendered on October 17, 1777, after two unsuccessful battles in Saratoga. Facilities at the site include game fields, 372.51 acres, interpretive panels, information room, picnic area, grills, hiking trails and restrooms.
May 1 - Veterans Day
8am - Sunset, 7 days a week
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.
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.
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.
Project/Event Description: The flower planters at the hilltop will be weeded, replanted and mulched. Small trowels will be provided. The planters at other points on-site will be done schedules permitting.
Meeting Location: Hilltop parking area. Appropriate for 13 and up