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Discover historic events and historic ways of life at historic sites throughout Vermont.
Built in 1889, the Bennington Battle Monument is the tallest man-made structure in the state. Located near Bennington, the monument memorializes the successful defeat of two British army units during the Battle of Bennington, in the Revolutionary War. In 1777, 1,400 men were led by U.S. General John Stark, Colonel Warner and Colonel Herrick, in the victorious battle.
Visit the 306 foot tall monument and enjoy an elevator ride up to the 200 foot observation deck. Bring your camera to capture magnificent views of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. Take your time admiring the views. While there, stroll the grounds to see the kettle taken from British General Burgoyne's camp and learn more about the battle and how the monument was built. Rest comfortably while traveling through Vermont.
Set on 200 acres, the Park-McCullough Historic House was built in 1864, and is located in North Bennington in southern Vermont. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the house is owned and operated by the Park-McCullough House Association. Open to the public, the Park McCullough House features tours on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events are held at the Carriage Barn, while tours are given of the grounds and big house – one of New England’s best-preserved Victorian mansions.
Covering 1,400 acres, Shelburne Farms is located in northern Vermont – just south of Burlington on Lake Champlain. Established in 1886, Shelburne Farms is both a U.S. National Historic Landmark District, and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Shelburne Farms visitors are encouraged to stop by the Welcome Center, offering Vermont products, tickets sales, and check-ins for walking trails. Over 10 miles of walking trails are available, plus the Children's Farmyard, the Farm Cart eatery, and guided property tours.
Also the First Congregational Church, the Old First Church is located in Bennington, Vermont with a history dating back to 1762. The church was first completed in 1805, though renovated and refurbished several times over. The Old First Church neighbors the final resting place of poet Robert Frost – and is just a few miles from the Robert Frost Stone House Museum. The church and the cemetery were formerly known as the Vermont's Colonial Shrine and Vermont's Sacred Acre.
Containing over 200 buildings, the Waterbury Village Historic District is located in northern Vermont in central Waterbury. The area is bordered north by Thatcher Brook, east by High Street and Railroad Street, and south and west by Randall Street. Historic structures include the 1824 United Church of Christ, Waterbury Public Library & Museum and home of Henry Janes, and much more. Visitors need take advantage of the Waterbury Walking Tour in which 30 downtown structures as described.
Though Vermont, as a whole, is home to a wide range of iconic and historic destinations, one might just stand out above the rest. Plan your next visit to the Green Mountain State and head for the Wilson Castle. You can find this house museum only minutes from downtown Rutland. Built in 1867, the Wilson Castle features a variety of architectural styles like Scottish baronial, Dutch neo-renaissance, and even Queen Anne. From late May through the end of October, tours of the Wilson Castle are available. This historic site is three stories with 32 total rooms, and a whopping 13 fireplaces.