Those looking for a great way to enjoy Vermont’s outdoors while also learning about the state’s rich history, all without spending a dime, are in luck, as admission to state-owned historic sites will be free on Friday.
Vermont celebrates Bennington Battle Day and the victory over the British on August 16, 1777 each year in this way. The memorial commemorating the day, The 306-foot high Bennington Battle Monument, is prominently at the top of the list of places one can visit. At 306-feet high, the monument has the distinction of being the highest structure in Vermont, marks the site of the arsenal that British and German troops were attempting to capture August 16, 1777 when they were defeated at the Battle of Bennington.
Some other sights to consider checking out include Chimney Point in Addison, Senator Justin S. Smith Morrill Homestead in Strafford, and the President Calvin Coolidge Birthplace and Homestead in Plymouth Notch.
For more information about locations and hours for these sites, visit www.historicsites.vermont.gov or contact the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation by phone at (802) 828-3051.