Monuments, Museums, Hayrides and More

Trip Start Oct 08, 2009
Trip End Oct 15, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Vermont
Saturday, October 10, 2009

We had breakfast and then climbed aboard the bus heading towards the Bennington Battle Monument. The monument is in honor of Brigadier General John Stark who defeated British General John Burgoyne’s invading army in 1777.  The Monument is 306 feet 4 inches
tall,  making it 4 inches taller than the Statue of Liberty and, even though it looks like the Washington Monument, it’s actually 40 years older. We rode up in an elevator, 8 people at a
time, to see out the windows where you can see the valleys and rolling hills of Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts. Picture all those hills covered with colored trees and you can imagine
what we saw. We also stopped at a beautiful church and saw Robert Frost’s grave in the graveyard near the church. There were many revolutionary soldiers buried there. After shopping at the gift shop we loaded the bus and headed to the Bennington Museum Galleries, where we saw Grandma Moses’ artwork and artifacts.  She began painting at age 70 and did some amazing work. There were a lot of other exhibits of Vermont furniture and early American Art.  The bus loaded up and we were let off in Bennington to find lunch. Then we headed to the Adams Farm, a sixth generation working farm. We were treated to homemade Maple Blueberry Buckle and then the farmer’s daughter told us all about maple syrup and then brought in a baby goat and a mom goat for us to feed and then a man on our tour milked a goat. After the presentation we went on a hayride (minus the hay) across the farm. It rained this morning and the sun finally came out late in the day. Because of the rain, cold weather and wind, the colorful leaves are rapidly falling off of the trees. We are leaving tomorrow on another adventure. 

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