Sunday April 21, 2013

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The Bennington Battle Monument -- Vermont’s tallest structure -- is open for the season.

The 306-foot-tall monument opened Saturday.

The state-owned historic site opened in 1891 to commemorate the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington that took place in 1777 in nearby Walloomsac, N.Y.

A force of soldiers from the Army of British Gen. John Burgoyne was headed to Bennington to seize a store of arms and ammunition.

The stone obelisk was built on the site of the storehouse.

The Rutland Herald reports that this season’s events include the annual Climb of Your Life on May 18, sponsored by the American Lung Association, and the readings of the Declaration of Independence on July 4 and July 13. Bennington Battle Day will be celebrated on Aug. 17 and 18.