I love monuments that no one has heard of and hardly anyone goes to. The Bennington Battle Monument is all of that. This "306 feet 4 and 1/2 inches tall" stone monument is tucked away in residential area on a hill Northwest of Downtown Bennington. There is a small gift shop on the circular road around the monument where you can buy passes to ride an elevator to the 200 foot high observation deck. There were maybe five or six other people visiting when I was there in summer of 2013. The monument was built in 1887-89 and is the tallest structure in Vermont. It was built to commemorate the Battle of Bennington which occurred 10 miles away in New York. It's definitely worth stopping to see if you're passing through the area.
Right around the corner from the monument I happened upon this wonderfully dilapidated old hotel/rooming house. Someone lives in a renovated section of the front of this building (pictured below). Finishing the rest of the project is going keep them busy for a very long time. I kind of envy them. Also in the area is the beautiful Old Bennington Cemetery where Robert Frost is buried.