BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) – The Bennington Battle Monument will come alive this weekend with Revolutionary War re-enactors.
The free event on Saturday and Sunday includes military drills, musket and cannon firing demonstrations as well as activities for children. Runners will also compete in a 5 kilometer race on Saturday morning, followed by a half-mile kid’s race.
The monument, Vermont’s tallest manmade structure, was built to commemorate the Battle of Bennington in 1777, in which Gen. John Stark and colonial troops fought British troops to protect military supplies stored in Bennington. But the battle took place in New York.
Tuesday, Aug. 16, is Bennington Battle Day in Vermont. Access to the monument and all Vermont State Historic Sites will be free to the public.