Bennington Battle Monument in Vermont

I got to Vermont next right after my trip to New Hampshire. I arrived in Vermont around 2200H, checked in a hotel and called it a day. The next morning, I was having difficulty where to head. It was hard to look for a tourist attraction in Vermont since most tourist spots were either the mountains or a skiing location. I only have a day to see the state and following trails to go to the mountains is not feasible in my current schedule. Thus, I ended up looking for an attraction near me. I was in Pownal, VT at that time. I saw this historical site which was located in the next town so, I visited the Bennington Battle Monument in Vermont.

Bennington Battle Monument

Bennington Battle Monument is a 306-foot high stone obelisk located at 15 Monument Circle in the town of Bennington. The monument stands to commemorate the battle of Bennington during the American Revolutionary War. The battle that happened back 1777 between the soldiers of the New England states of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts against the British army took place and named it the Bennington Battlefield, now, considered a U.S National Historic Landmark.It is owned by the state of Vermont and is supported by the Friends of the Monument which is non-profit volunteer group. A small fee is charged to enter the Monument and to ride the elevator to the viewing platform. For adult, it was just for USD5. The entrance tickets were available at the Gift Shop right across the monument.

Battle Monument against the sun’s glare

The obelisk view right at the Gift Shop

Welcoming Moose at the foot of the obelisk with photos of Vermont’s tourist and historical spots.

The elevator to get to the viewing platform

While waiting for the lift, guests can look at the old artifacts and memorabilia

The re-enactment of the Bennington Battle through small and collectible statues

Upon getting to the observation deck, tourists will be in awe with the sights. From this level reached by the elevator, people can see the valleys and rolling hills of Vermont, New York and Massachusetts.

On top at the viewing deck, Vermont side

More green trees and hills

Love the view

Bennington Battle Monument is the tallest structure in the state of Vermont. It serves the purpose of reaching out to the people so that everyone will commemorate the past and learn the history. We are lucky that the Friends of Bennington and the state got to preserve the obelisk. The staff were knowledgeable about what happened and they were able to impart the series of events.

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Quick Stopover in New Hampshire

I was in Maine and the next New England state to visit was New Hampshire. Since it was already late when I left Maine, it was about 1500H and it took about almost an hour to get to New Hampshire. I only did a quick stopover in New Hampshire. I intentionally planned to visit Flume Gorge due to the fact that it was advertised beautifully in the web. But due to time constraints, I ended up visiting Manchester, New Hampshire instead.

Flume Gorge in Lincoln, New Hamphsire cr: NewEngland.com

I arrived in Manchester around 1600H and searched the internet for any sights that is open late. I found this park and just decided to take a peek. I was in Crystal Lake Park.

Crystal Lake Park in Manchester, New Hampshire

Crystal Lake Park is a recreation site with a natural pond for swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking with a playground. It is near Bodwell Road and Corning Road in south of Manchester. The lake is classified as a warmwater fishery with observed fishes such as smallmouth and largemouth basses, black crappie, brown bullhead, and chained pickerel.

Crystal Lake

Fishing in the Lake

Playground

Park Hall

Houses near the lake

I stayed in the Lake Park about 45 minutes and when I left, I was not contented of my brief stay in the state so, I ended up going to the mall. The mall was just about 10 minutes from the park. I got to the Mall of New Hampshire at 1925H.

The Mall of New Hampshire

The Mall of New Hampshire is a shopping mall located in the Lower South Willow neighborhood of Manchester. It has major anchoring stores like Macy’s, JCPenney, Old Navy, Sears and Best Buy. The mall has over 120 stores with large food court and is the third largest mall in the state. It was spacious and I got my souvenir made since I can’t go to the nearest souvenir shop.

Directions to Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears

Shoppers resting

My whole trip in New Hampshire was brief but I was still able to do some quick sightseeing even though I didn’t get to see the tourist attractions of the state. One of these days, I’ll be back and I will make sure to visit Flume Gorge and other beautiful spots of New Hampshire.

The Museum of America and the Sea

I was stuck in Marietta, my new home address, and I have thought that a vacation is long overdue for me. Since I can’t go on overseas trip yet so, I have decided to just do a road trip within the United States. I was looking on the map of the US on what states I haven’t visited yet. I am currently still in the Eastern part of the country, thus, doing a road trip to states closer to my location would be a plus. I’ve been already to New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and so on. It appeared that I haven’t gotten to the New England states of New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, but I’ve been to Rhode Island a couple years ago. New England states are also known for its Colonial past, Atlantic coastline, forested mountains and awesome autumn scenery. Anyway, as I was reviewing the New England states, I have decided to visit all of those states. First on my list was Connecticut.

Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region. The state is named for the Connecticut River which is a major US river that bisects the state. The word ‘Connecticut’ is derived from word and spellings of the Algonquin which means ‘long tidal river’. I got only few hours to see the state hence, I picked a destination that has a tourist attraction and can also save me hours on traveling and seeing the other New England states. I went to Mystic, CT. It has the nice seaport and was featured on a magazine few years back about nice places to visit in every state. I made up my mind and went to the Museum of America and the Sea, Mystic Seaport.

Mystic Seaport Entrance

Mystic Seaport has an entrance fee of USD28 per head. This entrance fee entitles the bearer to roam around the museum, discovering how the old life of the people of Mystic. There was a lot to see and it was very informative about the gold old days and ways.

Mystic Seaport Museum Map

It has various attractions such as collection of ships, old houses, stores, restaurant, museums, and historic vessels. Upon entering the museum, tourists are welcomed with this ship, the L.A Dunton.

L.A Dunton

It is the last example of early 20th century New England fishing vessel and it offers a glimpse of the long past seafaring days.

Other attractions in the shipyard museum were;

Fishtown Chapel

Druggists and Chemists Store or Pharmacy back in the old days

An Old Clock

Variety Store

The Galley Restaurant

It also has this Stillman Building which is a museum for whaleships and the history of whale hunting and the whales uses. They named it, ‘Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers’.

The Stillman Building

Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers is a new exploration of America’s historic and contemporary relationship between whaling and whales. The museum has exhibits that showcase artifacts and artwork alongside with audio-visual presentation. The exhibit pushes past the mechanics of whaling to show the richer and deeper stories of the people, places, whales, and ships that were impacted since the Morgan’s construction in 1841. Exhibits such as;

Detailed engraved on whales’ tooth and parts

Medicine Chest for Sailors while onboard

The Whaleship

Whales’ baleen

Baleen used as corsets and hat container

On the second floor of the Stillman Building, a much detailed history will be explained. History about how the ships and sailors work is waiting for guests from a well-experienced museum curator.

Ship with Sails

The Captain’s Quarter

A really nice couch for the Captain

Captain’s bedroom with detailed headboard showing a carving of a rising sun

Steam Boat

Cargo Vessel

The exhibits were well maintained and very informative. I stayed in the museum for almost half an hour. It was really nice. When I got out of the museum, I walked on to the direction of the Captain W. Morgan whaleship.

Captain W. Morgan whaleship

The Captain W. Morgan whaleship is the last of an American whaling fleet and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The ship is now the country’s oldest commercial ship afloat. Now, it is the flagship of the museum. Visitors are allowed to board the ship. Just be cautious when going around coz you need to watch your head due to low ceiling.

Some Barrels

The Bunkroom

Bunkroom for Carpenters, Cook and etc.

The Sails of Captain W. Morgan Whaleship

Captain W. Morgan whaleship afloat

There are more to see in Mystic Seaport Museum but I got to go to my next destination. It was a nice day indeed and very educational for me. The watercraft collection at Mystic Seaport is the largest of its kind in the United States. It includes four National Historic Landmark vessels such as the Morgan, the Dunton, the Sabino and the Emma C. Berry. I didn’t get to take photos of the other ships since I was out of my budgeted time in Connecticut.

Sentinels of the Sea

Mystic shipyard

For travelers out there, if you happen to be in Mystic, CT, go and see aboard the Museum of America and the Sea and its collection of historic vessels that span both time and culture.

For more information, visit their site here.