A New Audio Tour at the Bennington Battlefield

We have an audio tour! Thank you to Friends trustee Phil Holland, the Friends of the Bennington Battlefield, and Parks and Trails New York for making this improvement a reality. To experience the audio tour, simply point your smart phone’s camera at any of the QR codes on our sign panels and a link will launch playing a recorded account of the battle. If you can not make the trip to the Battlefield in Walloomsac, NY, You can access the audio clips at https://benningtonbattlefield.org

Listen to first-hand accounts of the Battle!
 
Broadway luminary Kevin McGuire (who grew up in Hoosick Falls) supplied the voices of George Washington and General John Burgoyne, the former all but predicting the Battle of Bennington in a letter to General Philip Schuyler, the latter giving ill-fated orders to Lt. Colonel Baum, who led the raid on Bennington. Twelve other voice actors from the area, many known to local audiences from stage appearances and historical re-enactments, bring to life other first-person accounts. McGuire donated his services to the project.
 
One unique feature of the audio experience is Darrell Holovach’s original music. Mixing drum, trumpet, and flute, Holovach combines contemporary and 18th-century elements in miniature compositions that match the tone of each introduction. Holovach grew up right next to the Battlefield and began composing music in his teens. He’s currently on leave from his post as music teacher at Salem (N.Y.) Central School and is completing a Master’s in music education at the Crane School of Music.
 
The project was directed by writer and Friends board member Phil Holland of Pownal, Vermont, who also voiced the introductions. “There’s nothing like primary sources to lead you into the action,” says Holland. “You’ll hear accounts from a wide range of participants and other figures. We hope that when you listen to those voices as you stand at various locations on the Battlefield, you’ll connect with history in a fresh and immediate way.”

QR Code-enabled Audio Enhancements to the Bennington Battlefield” was supported with funding from the New York State Park and Trail Partnership Grants and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The Park and Trail Partnership Grants are administered by Parks & Trails New York, in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.


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