Historic Preservation Commission Members

Interested in Getting Involved?
We welcome volunteer contributions. If you are interested in getting involved with historic preservation in Bennington, please contact Shannon Barsotti, Community Development Director (HPC Secretary and Town Designee).

Town of Bennington
Bennington, VT 05201

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION – An appointed position with a term of three years and requires expertise or qualifications in the fields of architecture, historic preservation, etc. Meetings are held twice per month. The Historic Preservation Commission is empowered by ordinance to act in the preservation and identification of Bennington’s historic sites and structures; oversee the survey and review of historic sites eligible for the National Register, educate and advise other boards and commissions as well as the general public with regard to historic preservation matters. All positions are appointed by the Select Board with the exception of the Ex Officio position held by Director of Economic and Community Development for the Town of Bennington. All commissioners serve four year terms.

HPC Commissioners (appointed to 3-year term)

  • Jeffrey Goldstone – 6/2026
  • Joseph H. Hall – 6/2026
  • Thomas Blakely – 6/2026
  • Michael P. McDonough – 6/2024
  • Robert Tegart – 6/2024
  • Thomas Scheetz - 6/2024
  • Shannon Barsotti, Community Development Director
    (HPC Secretary and Town Designee)

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Agendas and Minutes 

Commission Duties

  • Planning and advocating for the protection and appreciation of Bennington’s historic and architecturally significant resources
  • Reviewing applications for signage and facade changes within the Downtown Historic District / Design Review District
  • Technical assistance, education and guidance as needed in planning and preserving all historic resources within Bennington
  • Advisory commission to the Development Review Board, Planning Commission and Select Board

What is Certified Local Government?
Bennington is a Certified Local Government (CLG) which is a partnership with the State of Vermont Division for Historic Preservation that enables local communities to actively and effectively participate in preservation planning for their communities.

In order to be a CLG, the Town of Bennington has to meet several minimum requirements, among them the creation of a local preservation ordinance; the creation of an adequate and qualified Historic Preservation Commission with local legislation; maintain a system for surveying and inventorying historic properties; and provide for adequate public participation in the local historic preservation program.

As a CLG, the Town of Bennington is able to take advantage of federal historic preservation grant money. The Town of Bennington also participates directly in the National Register of Historic Places program by reviewing local nominations prior to their consideration by the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation and participates in technical assistance and training programs in historic preservation. For more information about the Certified Local Government Program, please visit: http://www.historicvermont.org/programs/clg.html