Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site is located in Walloomsac, NY. It is the site of a Revolutionary War battle between the British forces of General John Burgoyne and Colonel Friedrich Baum against the American forces under Brigadier General John Stark and Colonel Seth Warner.
This battle was fought in August 1777 in a British effort to capture American storehouses in Bennington to restock their depleting provisions. The British forces had underestimated the strength of their enemy and most of their men were killed or taken prisoner while the Americans sustained smaller losses.
The British surrendered on October 17, 1777, after two unsuccessful battles in Saratoga. Facilities at the site include game fields, 276 acres, interpretive panels, information room, and restrooms.
History of the Barnett Homestead
The Battle of Bennington actually took place in Walloomsac, NY around the Homestead, and at the time of the Battle there was a small cabin near the bridge. The Homestead was built around 1840 by the Barnett family and is a beautiful example of an early neo-classical home with its sweeping staircase, large formal parlor, and intimate "sitting room".
In 1924, the State of New York purchased the battle area and the house. The original plan for the house was to turn it into a museum, but the State turned it into a home for the caretaker. Negotiations for the use of the house for a Visitor's Center started to take place in 2003 between the State and Town.
Today, the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site is managed through a cooperative agreement between New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Town of Hoosick.