Last week, after a quick stop at Lakeview Orchards, in Lanesborough (for some sweet road eats), the kids and I hopped on Route 7 and headed north to Southern Vermont for daylong BFF Road Trip packed with history, scenic beauty, outdoor adventures and ice cream!!
First up was a stop at the Big Moose Deli and Country Store, which is actually located off of NY Route. 7 in Hoosick Falls, New York. But, with just a few thousand feet separating it from the Vermont state line, it is the perfect place to make an ice cream, maple candy or a VT souvenir pit stop.
Next up was the Bennington Museum and the Grandma Moses Schoolhouse, which sits on the grounds of the museum at 75 Main Street in Bennington. Admission was $10 for adults and FREE for kids under 18. The schoolhouse was of particular interest to me, as it was originally located just down the road from my husband’s parents’ farm, just across the border in New York state. It was fun explaining to the kids who Grandma Moses was and that she once painted a picture of their own grandmother’s house.
At some point on the road between the museum and the Bennington Monument, I took a wrong turn and happened upon the Silk Road Bridge, an 88-foot covered, wooden bridge built in 1840 by Benjamin Sears — one of five historic covered bridges in the Bennington area. (All of the bridges are featured in the Vermont Covered Bridge Museum, which we hope to visit on a future trip!)
As we headed to Monument Circle we passed through the historic district of Old Bennington. I pointed out The Four Chimney’s Inn, where Mommy and Daddy held their wedding reception. They seemed very disinterested until my daughter asked, “Why weren’t we invited?” Followed by my son asking if we saved him a piece of cake …
The Bennington Battle Monument is just over 300-feet tall. Using private donations and funds raised by the states of Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and the U.S. Congress, it was completed and dedicated in 1891, the year of Vermont’s Centennial. It commemorates the Battle of Bennington (fought on Aug. 16, 1777), which was considered to be a turning point in the Revolutionary War.
Nestled in the shady right hand corner of the Memorial Circle is the Old First Church where Robert Frost is buried.
After touring the Monument grounds, the kids were getting hot and hungry (and they were dying to check out their grandparents’ new swimming pool!), so we headed west and made a quick stop at Bennington College to pick up some treats to bring to Nannie’s house. During the summer months the interns from the Purple Carrot Farm are on campus each Friday selling fresh produce (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in front of the Barn).
We finally made it to Nannie and Papa’s farm for a bathroom break and a quick dip in their new swimming pool, and then headed to Benson’s Restaurant in Eagle Bridge, New York. We dined on chicken fingers, french fries and ice cream from the outdoor Dairy Bar and sat with Nannie in the outdoor gazebo, so the kids could blow off some steam playing on the giant Pirate Ship play structure.
All fueled up, we kissed Nannie goodbye and set our sights on the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site, once again passing through the Silk Road covered bridge!
The Bennington Battlefield site provides a detailed account of the Battle of Bennington through descriptive signage, topographical maps and well-labeled monuments. Upper and lower parking lots at the base of the hill and top of the overlook make the park accessible to all visitors (stroller friendly!) and the restrooms and picnic areas are clean and well-maintained. Grills are also available on site. The park is FREE and open daily to the public May 1 through Labor Day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and on weekends through Veterans Day.
One last stop on our way back to the Berkshires at the Apple Barn, for some fresh strawberries!!