Learn Bennington: Local History & Education


Bennington, Vermont History and Lore

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Geographically and historically, Bennington is truly a “special place where Vermont begins.” Bennington is surrounded by the lush forested beauty of the Green Mountain and Taconic Mountain ranges, and borders the 350,000-acre Green Mountain National Forest, yet is only a short drive from both New York’s Capital District and the cultural Berkshires of Massachusetts.

Bennington has a rich cultural heritage, beginning with the Native Americans drawn by an abundance of fish and game in and along the area’s numerous waterways. In 1749, New Hampshire Governor Benning Wentworth chartered the first town in the territory now known as Vermont, and named it Bennington, in honor of himself. The town’s original settlement was formed in the area known today as Old Bennington in 1761 by Congregational Separatists from Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The independent spirit of these early settlers was reflected in their overt resistance to land claims from New York colony and eventually led to the formation of a local citizen militia headed by Ethan Allen, which came to be known as the Green Mountain Boys. This militia later played a crucial role at the Battle of Bennington on August 16, 1777. That battle was a prelude to the surrender of British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga, which led directly to the success of the Revolution.

Visitors may gain a better appreciation of Bennington’s rich heritage by visiting a number of places within the town such as the Bennington Battle Monument, the Old First Church, the Bennington Museum, the Park-McCullough House, Bennington College, and three covered bridges.

Local Libraries:

  • Bennington Free Library
    Offers Vermont History Room, microfilm of the Banner going back to 1903. Fully qualified reference librarian to aid with any research that is desired, public computers, and free WIFI. Air conditioned and open to the public. An excellent educational resource located in downtown Bennington.
  • John G. McCullough Free Library

Local Educational Information:

Independent Sources:

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Bennington College
1 College Drive
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-442-5401

Community College of Vermont –
Bennington Academic Center

324 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-447-2361

Local Education

CDC – Southwest Vermont
Career Development Center

321 Park Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-447-0220
Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
246 South Stream Road
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-447-7501
Mount Anthony Union High School
301 Park Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-447-7511
Mount Anthony Union Middle School
747 East Road
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-447-7541
Bennington Elementary School
128 Park Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-442-5256
Molly Stark Elementary School
181 Orchard Road
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-442-2692
Monument Elementary School
66 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-447-7979
Village School of North Bennington
9 School Street
North Bennington, VT 05257
Phone: 802-442-5955
Pownal Elementary School
94 School House Road
Pownal, VT 05261
Phone: 802-823-7333
Shaftsbury Elementary School
150 Buck Hill Road
Shaftsbury, VT 05262
Phone: 802-442-4373
Woodford Elementary School
955 Vermont Route 9
Woodford, VT 05201
Phone: 802-442-4071

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