2020 Vermont Tourism Network Guide

– 84 – SOUTHERN VERMONT STATE HISTORIC SITE Bennington Monument State Historic Site Bennington A Revolutionary War Site In August of 1777, General John Stark, aided by the Green Mountain Boys, denied British troops access to supplies stored in Bennington, Vermont, by defeating them in a battle just over the border in New York State. A pivotal event in the American Revolution, the “Battle of Bennington” left British forces woefully unprepared for the later Battle of Saratoga. Today, the spectacular 306 foot Bennington Monument stands at the site of the military storehouse. Visitors can take an elevator to the observation floor to view vistas of rolling hills and valleys in the three states. The beautifully landscaped grounds feature additional monuments and interpretive signage. Amenities include a wonderful shop, picnic tables and accessible restrooms. Please allow 30 minutes for your visit. Dates of Operation: May 1 – October 31st, daily, 10 AM – 5 PM Group Policy: Preregistered groups of 10 or more: $3.00 per person (reservations required) Physical Address: 15 Monument Circle, Bennington, VT 05201 Contact: Marylou Chicote, marylou.chicote@vermont.gov • 8024470550 historicsites.vermont.gov/benningtonmonument  SPECIAL EVENT January25– Winterfest, Annual North BenningtonWinter Festival. Locals, visitors, shops and community gather to share in some fun during thewintermonths … a lake plunge, chilifest, pig roast, winter carnival and day long entertainment! March 7 – Winter Home BrewFestival, Bennington – Top TenWinter event. Sample and vote on local beers, ciders, mead andwings. March 2122 – VermontMapleOpenHouse Weekend – Visit the Sugar Houses in The Shires for this sweet Vermont treat. May – Memorial DayWeekend –Mayfest, Bennington – A craft fair in its 33rd year that features over 150 crafters and food vendors. LateMay – June – Celebrationof Peonies at Hildene, The Lincoln FamilyHome,Manchester – Thousands of fragrant flamboyant peony blooms, heirloomandnew in the Lincoln family’s formal garden. July –August – Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show,Manchester – Celebrating its 24rd year as Vermont’s premier hunter/jumper event. July 31, August 1, 2 – BenningtonArtsWeekend – The crowning jewel of this annual event is the SouthernVermont Art and Craft Festival. August 69 – Manchester Annual Sidewalk Sales – Enjoy the biggest discounts of the season atWorldclass designer outlets and unique, independent retailers. August 8– 12thAnnual FlyFishing Festival, Manchester – Showcasing the joy of fly fishingwith vendors, demonstrations, and a gathering of people who are all equally enthused about the sport. MidAugust – GreenMountainBluegrass Festival,Manchester – Bluegrass, roots and Americanamusic.Main stage, dance tent, food trucks, VT beer andwine in amagical Green Mountain setting! September 56 – Garlic Fest, Bennington – Join garlic lovers from throughout New England to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors all made from garlic and herbs. September 1 – Columbus Day Weekend – Enjoy scenic lift ride to Bromley Mt. Summit. Spectacular 360 degree views. Weekends and holidays September 1 through Columbus Day. Group Rates available. September 21 – Peru Fair, Peru – An old­ fashioned country fair and fun for everyone! October 46 – Manchester Fall Arts Festival – Over 100 talented artists and artisans from throughout New England displaying their works under large heated tents. November 26, 2019 – January 1, 2020 – Celebrate the Season in The Shires – Tree lightings,music events, inn tours,wineandbeer tastings, horseandwagon rides, bookstoreevents and museumhappenings.  2020 Events in The Shires Contact: For more details about these events visit exploretheshires.com or call 8024473311. Please confirm all dates with organizer.