Bennington in Bennington County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Vermont Veterans’ Home
In 1884, the State General Assembly authorized an initial $10,000 appropriation to establish a soldiers’ home to care for disabled veterans of the Civil War. The former country estate of Seth B. Hunt, erected in 1860, was chosen. The Soldiers’ Home of Vermont opened on April 1, 1887, with 25 veterans. The 200-acre site included a working farm for able members. In the 1880s, the first building campaign expanded the barracks and added a chapel and hospital facility. The original one-acre cemetery was enlarged to 17 acres, interring more than 300 veterans. The capital construction program of the 1960s added a social hall, new chapel, new barrack wings, dining hall, and the first veterans nursing home care unit in the U.S.
Erected 2016 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 42° 53.219′ N, 73° 11.809′ W. Marker is in Bennington, Vermont, in Bennington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Street (U.S. 7) and Depot Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Vermont Veterans' Home parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 North Street, Bennington VT 05201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vermont is a State I Love (approx. 0.4 miles away); The "Corkscrew" Railroad (approx. 0.7 miles away); Vermont (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bennington Civil War Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); Vermont's Colonial Shrine (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ethan Allen (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of the Catamount Tavern - 1767 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bennington Battle Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bennington.
Also see . . . Vermont Veterans' Home. (Submitted on October 4, 2017.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2017, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2017, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. 3. submitted on October 4, 2017. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.