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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

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.

Maps

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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 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. 

Wed 06 Feb
Library Series: Battle of Bennington at Castleton Library
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

2/6/19 at the Castleton Library

In the summer of 1777, an invading army under British General Burgoyne threatened to capture Albany and to cut off New England from the other rebellious colonies. Challenged by the logistics of continuing his advance, Burgoyne sent a detachment commanded by Lt. Col. Baum to capture stores held in Bennington. Expecting little in the way of resistance, Crown forces instead were delivered a decisive check by General Stark, who commanded a collection of Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire state militias in two fierce engagements. Victory at Bennington paved the way for victory in the Battles of Saratoga and ultimately in the war itself. Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk will deliver a presentation on the history of the Battle of Bennington, drawing from contemporary source material and archaeology. The presentation will also touch on how the battle has been commemorated and interpreted over time.

About the Presenter: David Pitlyk has served as the Historic Site Assistant for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Bennington Battlefield since 2015. He previously worked as the Interpretation Coordinator for the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (USS SLATER) and graduated from The University at Albany with degrees in history and education.

Thu 21 Feb
Library Series: Battle of Bennington at Stephentown Memorial Library
Thursday, February 21, 2019 07:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

2/21/19 at Stephentown Memorial Library, 472 NY-43, Stephentown, NY 12168

In the summer of 1777, an invading army under British General Burgoyne threatened to capture Albany and to cut off New England from the other rebellious colonies. Challenged by the logistics of continuing his advance, Burgoyne sent a detachment commanded by Lt. Col. Baum to capture stores held in Bennington. Expecting little in the way of resistance, Crown forces instead were delivered a decisive check by General Stark, who commanded a collection of Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire state militias in two fierce engagements. Victory at Bennington paved the way for victory in the Battles of Saratoga and ultimately in the war itself. Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk will deliver a presentation on the history of the Battle of Bennington, drawing from contemporary source material and archaeology. The presentation will also touch on how the battle has been commemorated and interpreted over time.

About the Presenter: David Pitlyk has served as the Historic Site Assistant for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Bennington Battlefield since 2015. He previously worked as the Interpretation Coordinator for the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (USS SLATER) and graduated from The University at Albany with degrees in history and education.

Tue 05 Mar
Library Series: Battle of Bennington at Bethlehem
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 07:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

3/5/19 at Bethlehem

In the summer of 1777, an invading army under British General Burgoyne threatened to capture Albany and to cut off New England from the other rebellious colonies. Challenged by the logistics of continuing his advance, Burgoyne sent a detachment commanded by Lt. Col. Baum to capture stores held in Bennington. Expecting little in the way of resistance, Crown forces instead were delivered a decisive check by General Stark, who commanded a collection of Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire state militias in two fierce engagements. Victory at Bennington paved the way for victory in the Battles of Saratoga and ultimately in the war itself. Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk will deliver a presentation on the history of the Battle of Bennington, drawing from contemporary source material and archaeology. The presentation will also touch on how the battle has been commemorated and interpreted over time.

About the Presenter: David Pitlyk has served as the Historic Site Assistant for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Bennington Battlefield since 2015. He previously worked as the Interpretation Coordinator for the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (USS SLATER) and graduated from The University at Albany with degrees in history and education.
Sat 09 Mar
Library Series: Battle of Bennington at William K. Sanford Library (Colonie)
Saturday, March 9, 2019 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

3/9/19 at William K. Sanford Library (Colonie)

In the summer of 1777, an invading army under British General Burgoyne threatened to capture Albany and to cut off New England from the other rebellious colonies. Challenged by the logistics of continuing his advance, Burgoyne sent a detachment commanded by Lt. Col. Baum to capture stores held in Bennington. Expecting little in the way of resistance, Crown forces instead were delivered a decisive check by General Stark, who commanded a collection of Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire state militias in two fierce engagements. Victory at Bennington paved the way for victory in the Battles of Saratoga and ultimately in the war itself. Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk will deliver a presentation on the history of the Battle of Bennington, drawing from contemporary source material and archaeology. The presentation will also touch on how the battle has been commemorated and interpreted over time.

About the Presenter: David Pitlyk has served as the Historic Site Assistant for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Bennington Battlefield since 2015. He previously worked as the Interpretation Coordinator for the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (USS SLATER) and graduated from The University at Albany with degrees in history and education.

Thu 21 Mar
Library Series: Battle of Bennington at East Greenbush Library
Thursday, March 21, 2019 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

3/21/19- East Greenbush Library

In the summer of 1777, an invading army under British General Burgoyne threatened to capture Albany and to cut off New England from the other rebellious colonies. Challenged by the logistics of continuing his advance, Burgoyne sent a detachment commanded by Lt. Col. Baum to capture stores held in Bennington. Expecting little in the way of resistance, Crown forces instead were delivered a decisive check by General Stark, who commanded a collection of Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire state militias in two fierce engagements. Victory at Bennington paved the way for victory in the Battles of Saratoga and ultimately in the war itself. Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk will deliver a presentation on the history of the Battle of Bennington, drawing from contemporary source material and archaeology. The presentation will also touch on how the battle has been commemorated and interpreted over time.

About the Presenter: David Pitlyk has served as the Historic Site Assistant for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Bennington Battlefield since 2015. He previously worked as the Interpretation Coordinator for the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (USS SLATER) and graduated from The University at Albany with degrees in history and education.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

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