- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - An elevator built in 1956 at Vermont’s Bennington Battle Monument is getting new components.

The lift takes visitors up to the observation deck.

Site administrator Marylou Chicote tells the Bennington Banner (https://bit.ly/1R8d2Uj ) that the “monumental” project has been underway since late February.

Most of the work is mechanical, including wiring, switches and call buttons, and a new motor.

Chicote says the 306-foot-tall monument opens for its 125th season on April 16.

It opened to the public in 1891 and was built to commemorate a pivotal Revolutionary War battle fought in 1777 in nearby Walloomsac, New York.

Soldiers from the Army of British Gen. John Burgoyne had been headed to Bennington to seize a store of arms and ammunition. The stone obelisk was built on the site of the storehouse.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, https://www.benningtonbanner.com

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