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By Kevin Craft, October 18, 2014
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Vermont (Bennington County), Arlington — Chittenden Home
Oldest frame building one block east, built by Jehiel Hawley, 1764, was home of Thomas Chittenden, Vermont’s first Governor. Legend says the western vista, with its great pine, became the State Seal in 1779. Ethan and Ira Allen lived nearby. — Map (db m78249) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Arlington — Dorothy Canfield Fisher(1879-1958)
Known for her depiction of rural life in Vermont, Fisher was a popular novelist and proponent of education. She introduced the Montessori teaching method to American readers and helped found the Adult Education Association in the U.S. Born in . . . — Map (db m78248) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Arlington — Norman Rockwell1894-1978
This renowned American painter and illustrator lived in Arlington from 1939 to 1953. Moving into this house in 1943, Rockwell employed neighbors as models to create memorable images for calendars, advertisements, and magazines. Iconic pictures like . . . — Map (db m97290) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Arlington — State Seal Pine Tree
This ancient tree was already a monarch of the forest in 1778. Visible then from the Arlington home of Thomas Chittenden, first Governor of Vermont, it is believed to have inspired Ira Allen in designing Vermont's Great Seal. Note a similarity . . . — Map (db m90228) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Bennington — Bennington Civil War Monument
To the memory of the men from Bennington whose patriotism helped to maintain and perpetuate the Union 1861 – 1865 A tribute by Bennington Post no. 13, American Legion Dedicated at the Department Convention of the Legion, the first held in . . . — Map (db m105774) WM
Vermont (Bennington County), Bennington — Dimick Tavern1777          1927
Site of Dimick Tavern where John Stark and his New Hampshire Volnteers camped before the engagement at Walloomsac Heights where they led in the winning of a decisive victory of the American Revolution The Battle of Bennington August 16, 1777 . . . — Map (db m105506) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Bennington — Ethan Allen
A few feet south from this stone stood the house in which Ethan Allen lived while he was a resident of Bennington 1769-1775 — Map (db m61279) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Bennington — John Stark
Brigadier General John Stark 1728 – 1822 Victor of the Battle at Bennington 1777 “There they are boys! We beat them today Or Molly Stark sleeps A widow tonight!” Design by John Rogers – 1889 Sculpture by Robert Shure Gift . . . — Map (db m105507) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Bennington — Park-McCullough House
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 . . . — Map (db m94423) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Bennington — The "Corkscrew" Railroad
When wealthy North Bennington resident Trenor Park purchased the Bennington-Rutland Railroad, he found that the railroad "barons" of the Troy and Boston Railroad refused him access to the New York lines. Rather than fight this monopoly, Park built a . . . — Map (db m36902) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Bennington — VermontMolly Stark Trail and Historic Old Bennington
State Highway 9 traverses scenic Hogback Mt. to the Connecticut River Valley. Old Bennington, site of the Battle Monument and Historical Museum, was the meeting place of the Green Mountain Boys. It was the first town chartered by Governor Benning . . . — Map (db m94427) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Bennington — Vermont is a State I Love
The text of this marker found on both sides of this plaque. “I could not look upon the peaks of Ascutney, Eillington, Mansfield, and Equinox without being moved in a way that no other scene could move me. It was here that I first saw . . . — Map (db m77057) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Bennington — Vermont Veterans' Home
(side 1) 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 . . . — Map (db m108851) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Bennington — Vermont's Colonial ShrineVermont Legislature Joint Resolution December 11, 1935
Whereas, the Old First Church of Bennington was organized December 3, 1762, and is the Oldest Church within the present limits of Vermont; and Whereas, our forefathers met in Prayer in the First Meeting House for assistance against the . . . — Map (db m28223) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Bennington — William Lloyd Garrison
Fifty feet west of this spot WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON edited the Journal of the Times October 3, 1828 – March 27, 1829 Hither came Benjamin Lundy December 6, 1828 to enlist him in the cause of the slave. Garrison departed hence to lift up . . . — Map (db m90235) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Dorset — Birthplace of William Griffith Wilson1895-1971 — Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
Bill Wilson was born November 26, 1895, in a room behind the bar at the Wilson House Hotel. From age 11 until entering the Army, he lived at the Griffith House across the church yard from his birthplace. Bill W. wrote the book "Alcoholics . . . — Map (db m94430) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Dorset — DorsetHere New Hampshire Grants First Voted Independence
. . . — Map (db m78213) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Dorset — Fenton Pottery Site1801-1810
Jonathon Fenton established a pottery and kiln near this site in 1801. He first made redware from clay found along the banks of the Mettowee River. He then became the first potter in Vermont to make salt-glazed stoneware. In 1810 he moved his . . . — Map (db m78224) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Dorset — First Marble QuarryOldest Quarry in U.S., 1785
Here, near Mt. Aeolus, Isaac Underhill opened the first marble quarry in 1785. Dorset quarries were most active in early 1800's when small slabs were used for hearths, doorsills and headstones. With better transportation and saws, larger blocks . . . — Map (db m78226) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Dorset — The Dorset Field ClubOldest Continually Operated Golf Course in the United States
Marker Front: On September 12, 1886 a group of golfers, principally from Troy and New York City, who summered in Dorset, laid out a nine hole golf course, then known as The Dorset Golf Links on this present site. The Club's first president . . . — Map (db m77585) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), East Rupert — Harmon's MintEast Rupert
On the site at Hagar Brook stood the small clapboarded mint-house in which Reuben Harmon, Jr. coined copper for the Republic of Vermont, 1785-1788. When the Federal Government was instituted in 1789, Vermont abandoned minting. This rare currency of . . . — Map (db m73639) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Manchester — Lincoln’s "Hildene"Summer Home of Son of Civil War President
Eastward on the hillside can be seen the Manchester estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. He became fond of Vermont, and for over twenty years made this his summer home. He died here July 25, . . . — Map (db m95552) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Manchester — The Revolutionary War
Ethan Allen crossed Lake Champlain to capture Fort Ticonderoga on May 10, 1775 for "America's First Victory." Allen's expedition passed through here on May 5, 1775. Nathan Beman from Manchester guided the expedition into the fort; John Roberts of . . . — Map (db m78237) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Manchester — The Southern Vermont Arts Center
Begun in the 1920s as an informal artists' group for the exhibition of painting and sculpture, the Southern Vermont Arts Center has grown to become a leading Vermont institution devoted to performance, exhibition and studio art. It acquired the . . . — Map (db m78227) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), North Bennington — Home Where Lt .Colonel Baum Died
A few feet east of this marker stood the house, removed about 1870, in which Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum died. Commander of the enemy forces, he was mortally wounded in the battle of Bennington and died two days later, August 18,1777. He was . . . — Map (db m58451) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), North Bennington — Railroad StationNorth Bennington, Vermont
The North Bennington Railroad Station was constructed in 1880, replacing an earlier wood frame station located on the same site. For over half a century, the depot served as the gateway to the village. Beginning in the 1930’s, with the gradual . . . — Map (db m116755) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Old Bennington — Anthony Haswell1756 - 1816
Editor and publisher the Vermont Gazette Bennington Uncompromising in defense of freedom of the press Imprisoned in 1800 for opposition to Alien and Sedition Laws as threats to the newborn democracy Erected in 1912 On site of first . . . — Map (db m77021) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Old Bennington — Battle of Bennington
The Expedition led by Lieut. Col. Baum Sent to Seize Military Stores here, was Defeated by Volunteer Amer- ican Militia Forces from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont, Commanded by General John Stark, Aided By Colonels . . . — Map (db m13649) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Old Bennington — Before the Battle Monument
was built there was no circular road on this hill top. The original road from Williamstown, Mass. came through Pownal, Vt. to Bennington, and continued straight through the village, over this hill north towards Shaftsbury. All of the buildings . . . — Map (db m77051) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Old Bennington — Bennington Battle Monument
On August 16, 1777, British forces sent by Gen'l Burgoyne to seize supplies at Bennington were turned back by New Englanders under Gen'l John Stark and Vermont's Col. Seth Warner. This 306 foot commemorative shaft planned 100 years later, was . . . — Map (db m13600) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Old Bennington — Birthplace of Vermont
Near this site stood the homestead of Lieut. James Breakenridge after years of peaceable possession his farm was claimed by New York land speculators - A sheriff and over three hundred men came from Albany to evict him from his home - . . . — Map (db m77019) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Old Bennington — Captain Samuel Robinson
Near this spot in 1761 Captain Samuel Robinson the pioneer settler of Bennington, the first magistrate in what is now Vermont, and during his lifetime, the acknowledged leader of the settlers of the town built his first log cabin. . . . — Map (db m77052) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Old Bennington — Colonel Seth Warner
The Warner monument has text on the four sides of the base Born in Roxbury (then Woodbury) C.T. May 17, 1743 Resided in Bennington VT. 1765-1784 Died Dec. 26, 1784 at Roxbury CT Where he was buried with Honors of War Age 41 . . . — Map (db m77023) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Old Bennington — Continental Storehouse Site
On this site stood the Continental Storehouse Object of the British attack that was repulsed by the Colonial Forces at the Battle of Bennington August 16, 1777 — Map (db m14828) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Old Bennington — Henry Covered Bridgeacross the Walloomsac River
This quiet spot was once a major river crossing. Traffic between southwestern Vermont and New York State crossed here, until the railroad was built in 1852, troops marched from Manchester, Vermont to the Battle of Bennington in 1777, and teams and . . . — Map (db m77062) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Old Bennington — New Hampshire at the Battle of Bennington
Erected in honor of Brigadier General John Stark and the 1400 New Hampshire men who came to the defense of Vermont in August 1777. Assembling at Fort Number Four in Charleston, New Hampshire, Stark and his troops crossed the Green Mountains to aid . . . — Map (db m77022) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Old Bennington — Site of the Catamount Tavern - 1767
The Catamount Tavern, which was built in 1767, was originally named the Green Mountain Tavern. The Council of Safety and the “Green Mountain Boys” met here from 1767 to 1775. On May 9, 1775, Ethan Allen and 270 men, 40 whom were . . . — Map (db m77053) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Pownal — Early Eighteenth Century Settlement
This site commemorates the gateway of Vermont’s earliest Dutch settlement, the Rensselaerwyck Manor settlement. The Diel Homestead, built by Bastion Diel in the early 1700s, is considered the second earliest dwelling in Pownal. The property’s large . . . — Map (db m78254) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Pownal — PownalTwo Presidents Taught Here
Here two Presidents taught school at the beginning of their careers. Chester A. Arthur, a graduate of Union College, educated Pownal youth in 1851. Later while an undergraduate at Williams College, James A. Garfield did likewise. When Garfield was . . . — Map (db m78255) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Rupert — Lt. Col. Robert CochranRevolutionary Hero Settled Here, 1769
Condemned to death by the N.Y. Assembly, Col. Cochran fought the Yorkers for Vermont land grants. Joining the Green Mt. Boys, he was with Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga and Seth Warner at Crown Point. Later he commanded Continental forces in the Mohawk . . . — Map (db m77947) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Shaftsbury — Governor Jonas Galusha Homestead
Jonas Galusha, born in Norwich, CT in 1753, moved his family to Shaftsbury in 1775. During the Revolutionary War he served with Seth Warner's Green Mountain Boys and was at the Battle of Hubbardton and a Captain during the Battle of Bennington. A . . . — Map (db m27799) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Shaftsbury — ShaftsburyThe Birthplace, 1805, of Jacob Merritt Howard
Moving west, Howard became Senator from Michigan, & wrote resolutions adopted by Convention at Jackson, July 6, 1854, on which The Republican Party was founded. He was also the sole author of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. His birthplace . . . — Map (db m90226) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Sunderland — Chiselville
Named for the fine quality chisels and edge tools manufactured on site, the small village of Chiselville lies southwest of this 1870 Town lattice truss covered bridge. In 1853, a group of entrepreneurs led by Norman R. Douglass of Shaftsbury . . . — Map (db m103815) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Sunderland — SunderlandAllen families lived here
Ira Allen lived on this site by the Batten Kill and as Treasurer and Surveyor-General his "Office" helped shape the destiny of the Republic of Vermont. Here Ethan's family lived; here he dictated his freethinking "Oracles of Reason" in 1782. To his . . . — Map (db m78238) HM
Vermont (Bennington County), Windhall — Scott Nearing & Helen Knothe Nearing
SCOTT NEARING (August 6, 1883 - August 24, 1983) HELEN KNOTHE NEARING (February 23, 1904 - September 17, 1995) Prominent economist, socialist, teacher, writer and scholar, Scott and his wife Helen Knothe, lived in Winhall from 1932 to 1952. . . . — Map (db m103814) HM

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