Vermont Veterans Home Grounds
Built - 1988
Bennington, Vermont is the state's 5th largest community located in the southwest corner of the state just 9 miles from the New York border and 14 miles from the Massachusetts border. The city has a rich history and can claim to have hosted one of the most important battles of the American Revolution in August of 1777. The Battle of Bennington took place in the area although actually being fought in New York but the citizens of Bennington believe it was more in their area with the Bennington Battle Monument marking the spot which was believed to be the main battleground. The city also boasts a number of other historical landmarks including Robert Frost's gravesite, the Bennington Museum, Park-McCullough House and three of the states many covered bridges.
Bennington's bandstand was built on the grounds of the Vermont Veterans Home and dedicated on September 25, 1988 to the home by the Mt. Anthony Lioness Club as so stated on the large plaques affixed to the structure. It is Bennington's first bandstand and was financed by public donations and built by community members and high school students.
The solidly built bandstand is nearly at ground level with the slightly pointed roof being supported by 6 brick pillars and is certainly one which will last for many years to come.
Local bands have and still perform on the bandstand regularly during the summer months and a few dignitaries have appeared on the structure including Vermont Governor Howard Dean and a 101-year old Veteran's Home resident who was honored by the Governor.
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY:
Lynne, Reference Department
Bennington Free Library