Art, History, Theatre

A historic home in Old Bennington, Vermont.

Discover Old Bennington on a Self-Guided Walking Tour

While located entirely in the town of Bennington, a visit to Old Bennington, Vermont is a bit like stepping back in time. Whether you’ve lived in the area for years or are visiting for the first time, there’s a lot to discover on an Old Bennington walking tour.

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A statue of Seth Warner at the Bennington Battle Monument

Remembering the Battle of Bennington

Those who enter southwestern Vermont from the west for the first time (Welcome to Vermont!) are in for a surprise when they round a bend on Route 279 and the broad valley of Bennington opens up before them. Straight ahead in the distance rise the Green Mountains, and there on the right, perched on a shelf of ground above the valley, is a soaring stone obelisk as tall as a football field is long (306 ft. 4½ in., to be precise). “What’s that all about?” the uninitiated might well ask.

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Robert Frost portrait

Nothing Gold Can Stay

One hundred years ago, Robert Frost and his family moved to South Shaftsbury, Vermont, just a few miles north of Bennington. Each year many of Frost’s admirers make a pilgrimage to his gravesite and also visit the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, housed in his former Shaftsbury home.

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Broadway Quality Theatre is Alive, and Plentiful in Southern Vermont

Some of the finest theatre in the country is in Southern Vermont, the Berkshires and New York’s Capital District, making Bennington the ideal spot from which to gorge on theatrical entertainment. Staying in Bennington gives travelers immediate access to fine dining, outdoor recreation from golf to skiing to camping, art and history museums, and Broadway quality professional theatre.

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Celebrating Bennington’s Arts Tradition

The names are a veritable Hall of Fame of American artists from Robert Frost to Martha Graham to John Gardner, Shirley Jackson, Kenneth Noland, Bernard Malamud, Pat Adams, Jules Olitski, to Norman Lear. And, they have made Bennington, Vermont synonymous with arts, culture, and history.

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