Things To Do Cultural Attractions
Steeped in history. Rich in culture. Bennington’s mark on American history dates back to The Battle of Bennington when Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain boys defeated the British soldiers in a battle that marked the turning point of the American Revolutionary War.
With roots in such acclaimed artists as Grandma Moses, Robert Frost, Norman Rockwell, Shirley Jackson and a modern day enclave of arts and theatre, it is no wonder that Bennington ranks as a top tier most vibrant arts community in the nation year upon year.
A quintessential New England town — with world class museums, classic covered bridges, and classic Vermont Inns, Bennington Vermont has all of the makings of a perfect Vermont vacation.
This is an old car hobby museum housed in an old-fashioned, full service Sunoco station. Featuring a huge collection of automative items including models, pedal cars, and artwork, as well as fun reproduction signs. Grab a cup of coffee at our cafe while you get a fill up and window wash. Be sure to catch one of the summer weekly cruise-ins, featuring an interesting assortment of vintage cars on Thursday evenings!
This was Robert Frost’s residence from 1920 to 1929 when he composed many of his literary masterpieces, including “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. Located on Route 7A in Shaftsbury, only minutes away from his gravesite in the Old First Church Cemetery in Old Bennington, this historic house was built in 1769. Visit the house and stroll the beautiful grounds featuring some of Frost’s original apple trees.
Visit this meticulously preserved 35-room historic Victorian mansion in bucolic North Bennington. It’s set on 200 beautiful acres of grounds which include adjacent formal gardens, a working farm, and the popular Mile-Around network of trails. A beautifully restored carriage barn makes an idyllic Vermont wedding venue.
The gravesite of one of the most beloved American poets, Robert Frost, in the Old First Church Cemetery in Old Bennington, is a popular stop for out-of-town visitors.
There are five covered bridges in Bennington County. Three of them are lined up in a row over the Walloomsac River between Bennington and North Bennington, making for an easy visit: the Silk Road Covered Bridge, the Paper Mill Village Bridge, and the Henry Covered Bridge. The other two, the Chiselville Bridge and the West Arlington Bridge are also not far—in nearby Arlington, Vermont.
And, here’s a nod to some of our Nearby Friends. Bennington’s convenient central location makes it an ideal launch pad for exploring popular attractions in nearby towns just a short drive away.
A 1700’s gristmill turned state of the art recording studio and performance venue. This creative campus now a meeting place for established and emerging creatives to collaborate and develop Revolutionary ideas in the Arts and Humanities.