First stop: Bennington, Vermont. This sleepy little town of less than 16,000 is actually the largest town in Southern Vermont. (The whole state only has about 630,000 people!) It's also home to the Bennington Battle Monument...which, you guessed it, is the tallest structure in the state!
|306 feet tall!|
|Bennington Battle Monument|
The monument commemorates the Revolutionary War's Battle of Bennington, which happened way back when in August 1777. In those days, Brigadier General John Stark, with 1,400 New Hampshire men, defeated two detachments of the British army. The fight is called the Battle of Bennington, but it actually happened about 10 miles away in NY at the Bennington Battlefield.
|Someone should tell Dean they shoot Redcoats in these parts 'round here.|
|Guess who took this crooked picture?|
While we were in Bennington County, we also went bridge hunting...covered bridge hunting to be exact. Turns out, not all bridges are in Madison County! We found a couple of really cool ones, but really liked the Burt Henry Covered Bridge the best:
Pretty cool, huh? The bridge, located just off of Route 67A, was actually built in 1840 and was actually restructured in 1989 by the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Today, it measures 117 feet long, nearly 12 feet wide and is just under 9 feet high.
Ever wonder why covered bridges are covered? Turns out, wooden bridges with exposed super structures are vulnerable to rot so covering and roofing them protects them from the weather, allowing them to last longer. Plus they make for really cool potential Christmas Card photo backdrops!