Bennington in Bennington County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Vermont's Colonial Shrine
Vermont Legislature Joint Resolution December 11, 1935
Whereas, our forefathers met in Prayer in the First Meeting House for assistance against the oppressive measures of New York and the overwhelming power of King George, and to the First Meeting House returned from the capture of Fort Ticonderoga, the Battle of Bennington, the surrender of Burgoyne to offer up their Thanksgiving; and
Whereas, in the first Meeting House of Bennington the Legislature of Vermont met on eight separate occasions, and the laws for carrying on the Government of this sovereign state were enacted at the Meeting House on February 11, 1779; and the convention, consisting of one Delegate from each Town, Held in Bennington on January 10, 1791, ratified the Constitution of the United States by the signatures of 105 out of 109 Delegates, thereby preparing the way for the admission of Vermont into the Union as the first state after the Original Thirteen; and
Whereas, the burial ground, surrounding the aforementioned church structure is the first and oldest cemetery in the state, where lie the remains of five Governors of Vermont, seventy-five Revolutionary Soldiers, the author of Vermont's Declaration of Independence, the founder
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the aforesaid Bennington Center Cemetery and the aforementioned First Church Building are hereby Declared to be Vermont's Colonial Shrine for the preservation of the sacred memories and traditions of Colonial Days, in order that our children's children may cherish the great deeds of our fathers and build on the foundations laid by them the commonwealth of the future.
Erected 1937 by The Vermont State Legislature.
Location. 42° 53.01′ N, 73° 12.772′ W. Marker is in Bennington, Vermont, in Bennington County. Marker can be reached from Monument Ave., on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bennington VT 05201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Lloyd Garrison (within shouting distance of this marker); Ethan Allen (about 300 feet away, measured Bennington Battle Monument (about 400 feet away); Site of the Catamount Tavern - 1767 (about 500 feet away); Vermont (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Samuel Robinson (approx. 0.2 miles away); The "Corkscrew" Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Before the Battle Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bennington.
More about this marker. The church building is across the green from, and easily seen from Vermont Rt. 9 (West Main Street). The Marker is mounted on the north side of the church, which faces the adjacent cemetery which is know as "Vermont's Sacred Acre."
Regarding Vermont's Colonial Shrine. Build Dates: from June 25, 1804 to January 1, 1806. Architect: Lavius Fillmore. Church founded 1762; affiliated with Congregational Church 1832; first meeting-house erected 1766; moved to new site in 1806. Reverend Jedidiah Dewey, first pastor. Ethan Allen, Revolutionary patriot, attended church here. Reverend Vincent Ravi-Booth, pastor of church 19-19-1944, was founder of Bennington
The First Congregational Church of Bennington, Vermont is currently associated with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. This building has been documented in the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record as the First Congregational Church, Monument Avenue, on Bennington Green at State Route 9 in "Old Bennington", Bennington, Bennington County, VT also know as The Old First Church.
Also see . . . Home page of The First Congregational Church of Bennington, Vermont. (Submitted on March 6, 2010, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
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