Denise and I started our Vermont trip in Bennington, in the southwest corner of the state. As you will see in these photos, we were a little early for the color this year.
We began our first morning in the historical part of town, visiting the Bennington Battle Monument and the Old First Church. The Battle Monument looks like a miniature Washington Monument and towers over the town. The monument memorializes the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington, which actually took place 10 miles away in New York.
Bennington Battle Monument
We then drove to the First Congregational Church, also known as the Old First Church. The church shown here was completed in 1805. The columns inside the church are hand-planed from the whole trunk of pine trees that extend from the basement footers to the rafters. The cemetery associated with the church includes the burial place of poet Robert Frost.
Old First Church
Across street from the church was a run-down building that Denise thought made a great haunted house. A couple hundred years ago, this was an inn.
After Bennington, we drove to Manchester and Hildene, the Summer Family Home of Robert Todd Lincoln. Robert Todd Lincoln eventually became an executive of the Pullman Company, the company that made rail cars. On the grounds is the large home and a restored Pullman rail car.
Hildene with Antique CarSummer Home of Robert Todd Lincoln
Restored Pullman Car
Inside of Pullman Car
Leaving Hildene, we followed the scenic road we were on to the tiny town of Dorset. The town was so small, there wasn't much to see. We found a parking area along the road and pulled in to eat our lunch. After eating, we got out and strolled around the parking area, which was next to what looked like an old quarry. As we walked around, we found a couple of signs that said this was indeed a quarry. In fact, it was the Norcross-West Marble Quarry, the oldest marble quarry in the US, beginning operation in 1785. Marble from this quarry was used in the New York Public Library.
We ended our first day visiting Weston, Vermont. When we were researching our trip to Vermont, Weston was described as a "must-see," quaint Vermont town. What we found in Weston was a nice mill and a large "Country Store" that went on forever. The store had a little of everything, and lots of food items to taste-test, like cheese, syrup, cookies/crackers, candy, and on and on. We must have spent at least an hour in the store.
From Weston we drove our way through the countryside to the town of Chester, where we spent the night at the Inn Victoria.
Keywords: Bennington, Hildene, Mill, Norcross Marble Quarry, Old First Church, Robert Todd Lincoln, Vermont, Weston, mill
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