Saturday, May 21, 2011
It was raining when we crossed the state line
There were several places we wanted to see today in the Bennington area. Our first stop was the Fish Hatchery.
Built in 1916, it is Vermont's second largest fish culture station. This culture station uses a combination of spring, artesian well, and stream water for raising brook, brown, and rainbow trout.
A couple of years ago they got about 200 eggs that turned out to be albino rainbow trout. They keep these albinos in a separate tank and do not use them to stock with.
Albino Rainbow Trout
After the fish hatchery we went to the Bennington Battle Monument.
Built in the late 1880's, this monument is a dedication to the famous Battle of Bennington that took place during the Revolutionary war in 1777. It was at this location the American colonists maintained a store of weapons and food, which British General Burgoyne knew was critical to capture in order to restock his own troops.
The monument is a 306' stone obelisk that opened to the public in 1891. A guided elevator takes visitors to the observation floor for spectacular views of Historic Bennington and three states.
The windows about 3/4 of the way to the top where as far as we were allowed.
Looking out the window of the Battle Monument.
All around Bennington there are 22 of these decorated Moose. We found several of them. They were interesting.