Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bennington County, Vermont
Manchester and Bennington are both the county seat for Bennington County
Adjacent to Bennington County, Vermont
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On River Road at Covered Bridge Road, on the right when traveling east on River Road.
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
On Vermont Route 313, 0.8 miles west of Ethan Allen Highway (Alternate Vermont Route 7A), on the right when traveling west.
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
On Main Street (Alternate Vermont Route 7) at East Arlington Road, on the right when traveling north on Main Street.
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
On Main Street (Alternate Vermont Route 7) 0.1 miles south of Vermont Route 313, on the right when traveling north.
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
On West Road (Vermont Route 9) west of Dermody Road, on the left when traveling west.
and his New Hampshire Volnteers
camped before the engagement at
where they led in the winning of a decisive victory . . . — — Map (db m105506) HM
On South Street (U.S. 7) at Union Street, on the right when traveling north on South Street.
Post office 1913-1967
US federal building 1967-1996
Acquired by the
town of Bennington
in 1997 from the federal
the General Services
Administration under the
Historic Surplus Property
Program, a program of the . . . — — Map (db m198075) HM
On Depot Street near River Street, on the left when traveling north.
“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 the light of day; here i received my bride; here my dead lie . . . — — Map (db m77057) HM
Near North Street (U.S. 7) at Depot Street, on the right when traveling west.
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
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
The expedition led by Lieut. Col. Baum sent to seize military stores here, was defeated by volunteer American militia forces from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont, commanded by General John Stark, aided By Colonels Warner and Herrick, of . . . — — Map (db m13649) HM
On Main Street (Vermont Route 9), on the left when traveling west.
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
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
On West Main Street (Vermont Route 9), on the right when traveling east.
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
Near Main Street (Vermont Route 9) 0.1 miles west of Convent Avenue.
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
Near Monument Ave., on the left when traveling south.
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
On Monument Avenue at Monument Circle, in the median on Monument Avenue.
View of the hill top where the Battle Monument stands today, painted in 1798 by Ralph Earl. It shows the State Arms Inn (brick) on the left and in the middle the first Court House, which burned on May 17, 1809. The second Court House built on the . . . — — Map (db m161886) HM
On Monument Avenue south of West Road (Vermont Route 9), in the median.
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
On Dorset West Road at Nichols Hill Road, on the right when traveling south on Dorset West Road.
Vermont Society of Colonial Dames
Cephas Kent's dwelling
Cephas Kent Inn
the First Convention of the New Hampshire
Grants was held in 1776
The Dorset Conventions
July 24, 1775
Seth . . . — — Map (db m159535) HM
On Dorset Hollow Road at Kirby Hollow Road, on the right when traveling south on Dorset Hollow Road.
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
On Vermont Route 30 at Kelly Road, on the right when traveling north on State Route 30.
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
On Vermont Route 30, on the right when traveling south.
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
On Mad Tom Road at Village Street, on the right when traveling north on Mad Tom Road.
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 Anonymous" . . . — — Map (db m94430) HM
On Vermont Route 30, on the right when traveling north.
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
On Hildene Road, on the right when traveling north.
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
On Highland Avenue near Elm Street, on the left when traveling north.
Manchester has three commercial hubs: the Village, the Center, and the Depot, which owes its name and development to the arrival of the Western Vermont Railroad in 1852. Just south of Route 11/30 (originally called the Flat Road and later Depot . . . — — Map (db m176409) HM
On Main Street (Alternate Vermont Route 7) at Union Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street.
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
On Southern Vermont Art Center Drive, 0.2 miles west of West Road, on the right when traveling west.
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
On Murphy Road, 0.1 miles south of N Bennington Road (Vermont Route 67A), on the right when traveling north.
A Bridge From An Industrial Past to a Green Future
In New England, the industrial revolution was driven by water power.
With its many rivers, this made Bennington an early leader in manufacturing of many types. Many of these dams now lie . . . — — Map (db m193203) HM
On U.S. 67 close to Harrington Rd, on the right when traveling east.
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
On River Road at Murphy Road, on the left when traveling west on River Road.
A Bridge from Past to Present
You are standing at a hub of Vermont history. The Green Mountain Boys were born here. General John Stark and Colonel Seth Warner marched on to victory at the nearby 1777 Battle of Bennington through here. This . . . — — Map (db m193190) HM
On River Road at Murphy Road, on the left when traveling west on River Road.
A Brief History
The Village of North Bennington established McWaters Park in 2007. The Park is named in honor of Rob and Jean McWaters in recognition of local community involvement. Residents are
creating a perma forest consisting of berry . . . — — Map (db m193197) HM
On Murphy Road, 0.1 miles south of N Bennington Road (Vermont Route 67A), on the left when traveling north.
Paper Mill History The former Vermont Tissue plant is located in Bennington in "Paper Mill Village” on the north side of the island on the Walloomsac River. The plant is a listed Brownfields site. The site is privately owned by AOE, Inc. who . . . — — Map (db m193206) HM
Near Buckley Road (Vermont Route 67) at Depot Street, on the right when traveling north.
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
On Murphy Road at Riverside Drive, on the right when traveling south on Murphy Road.
Forty feet west of this spot
stood the home of
Colonel of the Green Mountain Boys,
during his residence in Bennington.
Hero of Hubbardton and Bennington
The house was destroyed by fire
Erected . . . — — Map (db m193183) HM
On Murphy Road near Austin Hill Road, on the right when traveling west.
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
On Murphy Road near Ore Bed Road, on the left when traveling north.
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
Editor and publisher the Vermont Gazette
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
On Monument Circle at Monument Avenue on Monument Circle.
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
On Monument Ave. at Main Street (Vermont Route 9), on the left when traveling north on Monument Ave..
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
On Monument Avenue at Bank Street, on the right when traveling north on Monument Avenue.
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
On Monument Circle at Monument Avenue on Monument Circle.
The Warner monument has text on the four sides of the base Born in
Roxbury (then Woodbury) C.T. May 17, 1743
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
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
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
On Center Street south of N Pownal Road, on the left when traveling south.
Pownal was the site of one of the state’s oldest white settlement’s when Dutch settlers lived here for a short time after 1724. Up this valley came the pioneers from Connecticut including Ethan Allen, who led the dauntless Green Mountain Boys & . . . — — Map (db m150438) HM
On Vermont Route 346, 0.1 miles west of Indian Massacre Road, on the right when traveling east. Reported missing.
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 m157547) HM
On Vermont Route 346 at North Pownal Road, on the right when traveling north on State Route 346.
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
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
On Ethan Allen Highway (Vermont Route 7A) 0.5 miles north of Tunic Road, on the right when traveling south.
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
On Ethan Allen Highway (Alternate Vermont Route 7A) at Tunic Road, on the right when traveling north on Ethan Allen Highway.
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
On Alternate Vermont Route 7, 0.1 miles south of Hill Farm Road, on the right when traveling south.
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
On Sunderland Hill Road, on the right when traveling north.
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
On Upper Taylor Hill Road at Stone Cabin Road, on the left when traveling south on Upper Taylor Hill Road.
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