Friends of the Bennington Battlefield
The Friends of the Bennington Battlefield is a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation, development, and promotion of the ground on which a pivotal battle of the American Revolution, the Battle of Bennington, was fought in the hamlet of Walloomsac, New York, on August 16, 1777. On that day American forces under General John Stark, including militia from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York, as well as Col. Seth Warner’s Continental regiment, won a decisive and consequential victory against a detachment of British, German, Canadian, Loyalist, and Native troops sent by British General John Burgoyne to raid a Continental storehouse in Bennington.
The members of the group, in collaboration with the managers of Grafton Lakes State Park, under the administration of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) of New York, seek to generate public interest and appreciation of the site, and to explore it archaeologically and topographically, with the objective of gaining and sharing knowledge of the Battle.
2022 Battle of Bennington Re-Enactment
Join us on August 13 & 14 for an encampment and series of battle re-enactments at the Bennington Battlefield. The site will be open on Saturday August 13 from 10 am to 8 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.
The Friends of the Bennington Battlefield and the Brigade of the American Revolution will be hosting the 245th Anniversary of the Battle of Bennington on the weekend of August 13th & 14th at the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site in the Town of Hoosick, NY.
Both Rebel and Crown forces will be camped in the large fields adjacent to the Barnett Homestead (the actual ground where most of Baum’s troops were posted). On Saturday morning those who like long treks (approximately 3 miles) through hilly and wooded country, will once again duplicate Col. Benjamin Nichols’ march from the American camp to the area of the Dragoon Breastwork.
A log breastwork has been constructed on the site of the Dragoon Fort, and the rebels will attack this on Saturday afternoon at 3 PM. Saturday at 7PM they will reenact Breymann’s advance and the rebel counter-attack. While most of the original ground where this action took place is along State Rt. 67 or on private property, a portion of it is near where the camps will be, so the battle will be recreated on the fields by the Barnett homestead.
On Sunday morning all those interested can help in reconstructing the Tory Fort. Materials will be provided.
At 2 PM will be the rebel attack on the Tory Fort. Troops break camp around 3:30
Saturday, August 13
10:00 AM – Camps open to the public.
11:00 AM – Nichols’ flanking march sets off
11:30 AM – People of the Battle of Bennington
3:00 PM – Storming of the “Dragoon Breastwork”
7:00 PM – The repulse of Breymann’s relief force
Sunday, August 14
10:00 AM – Camps open to public
11:00 AM – Stark’s attack over the Walloomsac
2:00 PM –Battle for the Tory Fort
Battle Day Ceremony – August 16
There will be a ceremony commemorating the battle on August 16, at 7 pm at the top of the hill at the Bennington Battlefield.
Statue of John Stark
Support the Friends of the Bennington Battlefield!
The Friends of Bennington Battlefield invites you to join our ranks in preserving, promoting, and interpreting the history of our local battlefield. The friends are eager to expand their membership, and look forward to your participation. Card carrying members receive discounts at the Louis Miller Museum and the Bennington Monument gift shops. If you are interested in supporting, please contact Joyce Brewer at the Louis Miller Museum (166 Main Street, Hoosick Falls 518-686-4682), or complete the SUPPORT form that you can download by CLICKING HERE.