BENNINGTON -- Vermont's tallest structure, the Bennington Battle Monument at 15 Monument Circle, opens for the season on Saturday, April 19.

Looking for something to do with the family on Easter Weekend? Little ones (12 and under) can look for hidden eggs on the grounds and everyone can see Spring's arrival from the observation floor. The egg hunts will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, ending when all eggs are gone. Inside selected eggs will be free passes to the Monument. Some of the eggs will have surprise gifts.

The Monument and gift shop will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily through October 31.

With the cornerstone laid in August 1887, the Battle Monument was built to commemorate the Battle of Bennington fought on August 16, 1777. This pivotal battle in the American War for Independence led to British General John Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga on October 17 and marked the turning point of the Revolutionary War. This state-owned historic site, rising 306 feet and containing 417 steps, has been open to the since 1891.

Scenic vistas of Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York, are seen from the observation level high within the Monument. The observation level is accessible by elevator. Admission to the Monument is $5 for adults, $1 for children (ages 6 thru 14), children 5 and under are free, as are scheduled school groups. Tickets to the Monument can be purchased in the gift shop, where a fine selection of quality merchandise relating to the 1777 battle and the Monument, along with gifts for children, Vermont maple products, books and much more are offered.


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The Monument is open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 31. Events for the season include the annual Climb of Your Life that is sponsored by the American Lung Association on June; Flag Day for children on June 14; and the annual July Fourth reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Bennington Battle Day will be celebrated on the weekend of August 16-17 with an encampment featuring cannons and reenactors; the Battle Day 5k road race and children's fun run take place on Saturday August 16.

Further information and a complete calendar of events are available online at www.historicsites.vermont.org/bennington, visit Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook or call 802-447-0550.