Reenactors Bring the Battle of Bennington to Life
The Brigade of the American Revolution will be hosting the 237th anniversary of the Battle of Bennington on Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, at the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site in Hoosick, N.Y.
The original battle was on August 16, and since that date falls on a Saturday this year, major portions of the battle will be commemorated at the same time and close to the actual places they occurred. Authentically attired and equipped living history enthusiasts will bring to life the pivotal actions that took place in the hamlet of Waloomsac 237 years ago. German, British and Loyalist troops as well as those representing rebel troops under General John Stark will be encamped on the grounds of the Barnett Homestead on Caretaker Road. In addition to the tactical reenactments, a full and exciting weekend of activities is scheduled. Visitors are encouraged to tour the camps and experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the year 1777 on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A Remembrance Ceremony will be held at 5:30 on Saturday to commemorate the battle. Watch history come to life as the Brigade of the American Revolution recreates this turning point in our country’s War for Independence.
Some activities are offered at the Barnett House while others are located at the top of the hill looking out over the historic site on the north side of Route 67. Visit nysparks.com/events for a full schedule of events.