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Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site

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5157 Route 67
Walloomsac, NY 12090
Latitude 42.933758
Longitude -73.304878

Bennington Battlefield preserves the site of a Revolutionary War battle between a detachment from the British General John Burgoyne's invading army and New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont state militia commanded by General John Stark of New Hampshire and Colonel 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 army suffered irreplaceable losses and failed to gather the supplies needed for a timely push on Albany. Burgoyne later surrendered on October 17 after the Battles of Saratoga.

Visitors to the battlefield will find a series of interpretive signs, 2.7 mile trail system, picnic area, and information building. Guided tours are offered frequently during the operating season and by appointment.

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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 Docent On-site Memorial Day Weekend to October 20th
    Thursday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Friday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Sunday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Interpretive panels: 8 am - Susnet.


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

Recognizing the importance of Bennington Battlefield as a highly important Class A site in need of study, the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) of the National Park Service provided grant funding to conduct a cultural resource survey of the site. Field work for this survey was completed in the fall of 2015. The final Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) compliant public report is available below in its component sections.

Public Report Part 1

Public Report Part 2

American Official Correspondence 1 of 2

American Official Correspondence 2 of 2

American Sources 1 of 5

American Sources 2 of 5

American Sources 3 of 5

American Sources 4 of 5

American Sources 5 of 5

British Sources 1 of 2

British Sources 2 of 2

Loyalist Sources

Brunswick Sources 1 of 2

Brunswick Sources 2 of 2

Civilian Sources 1 of 2

Civilian Sources 2 of 2

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 Welcome Center 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. 

Fri 25 Oct
Fireside History Presentation
Friday, October 25, 2019 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

The subject will be the "Blame for Bennington: Reactions of the British and Their Allies to Defeat." Visitors will meet near the upper parking area and enjoy an open fire and refreshments during this informal talk.

Wed 30 Oct
Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

The book discussion group will meet at Brown's Walloosmac Taproom to talk over Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick.

Sun 03 Nov
Early Bird Tour of the Battlefield
Sunday, November 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

There will be an early bird tour of the battlefield. Don't forget to set your clocks back! This will be the final public tour of the season. A mix of driving and walking is required. Visitors will meet under the flagpole.

Mon 11 Nov
Veterans Day
Monday, November 11, 2019 11:00 AM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

The battlefield will host a commemoration ceremony to mark Veterans Day.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

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