Bennington in Bennington County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Built as a summer cottage in 1865 for lawyer-entrepreneur-philanthropist Trenor Park and his wife Laura, the mansion was financed with a fortune amassed in California in the aftermath of the California Gold Rush. It was designed by the New York architectural firm of Diaper and Dudley and is considered one of the finest and best-preserved Victorian houses and one of the earliest French Second Empire residences in the U.S. In 1891 President Benjamin Harrison was a guest here during the festivities surrounding the celebration of the centennial of Vermont statehood and the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument. Former residents include two Vermont governors: Hiland Hall, Mrs. Park's father, and John G. McCullough, the Parks' son-in-law.
Erected 2001 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #23 Benjamin Harrison series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
Location. 42° 55.746′ N, 73° 14.715′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bennington VT 05201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Railroad Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Henry Covered Bridge (approx. 1.3 miles away); Home Where Lt .Colonel Baum Died (approx. 1.3 miles away); Birthplace of Vermont (approx. 1.4 miles away); Walloomsac M.E. Church (approx. 2½ miles away in New York); Bennington Battlefield (approx. 3 miles away in New York); a different marker also named Bennington Battlefield (approx. 3 miles away in New York); Battle of Bennington (approx. 3 miles away in New York).
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2016, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. This page has been viewed 299 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 4, 2016, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. 2. submitted on July 2, 2017, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. 3. submitted on May 4, 2016, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.