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.


  1. There were decorated cows (like the moose) in NYC some years back. I can't remember how many. But they were each done by different artists and were kind of fun to run into. The moose are quite fun!

  2. Vermont is the prettiest of all the NE states, Chris and I think. Very green. We stayed at Lake Memphremagog in N. Vermont a few years ago. It's on the border of Canada and the U.S. In fact, that lake is about 2/3 in Canada and 1/3 in the U.S. Big, gorgeous lake. Right off Highway 91. We enjoyed driving around that area of Vermont very much, and had a beautiful view of the lake from our cottage. Probably the standout in terms of views based on the vacations we've taken in the NE.

  3. The moose had been decorated by local artist and auctioned off and kept on display throughout the city.

    Austin did the same thing a while back with guitars.

    We thought Vermont was beautiful too.

  4. Guitars! I bet they were pretty, too.