Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site

Skip Navigation LinksHome / Historic Sites / Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
Address
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.

Friends of the Bennington Battlefield Newsletter

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

Hours of Operation

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


Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

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. Park hunting permit dates are September 1st to August 31st to cover the NYS DEC hunting permit dates.

A valid hunting license is required to obtain a park hunting permit.

Hunting Permit Procedure for Grafton Lakes, Cherry Plain and Bennington Battlefield

  • Complete and sign the hunting permit (PDF provided) – if you are submitting via email the permit must be scanned as a document, no pictures of the permit will be accepted.
  • Provide a copy of your current hunting license
  • Submit your permit and hunting license to the park office via email (graftonlakesadmin@parks.ny.gov) or mail to P.O. Box 163, Grafton, NY 12082.

Once we receive all the necessary documents, we will issue a new permit and return it to you.

Any questions please call the park office at 518-279-1155 or email graftonlakesadmin@parks.ny.gov

*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.

Get Directions

Amenities Information