Bennington, VT is a very small town and yet, the biggest town in southern Vermont. It’s an adorable town to spend the night in. If you find yourself there, here is a great list of what to see in a short time, as well as where to stay!
What to do
Visit the many covered bridges
Vermont has about a million covered bridges. Okay, it’s really only around 100, but it’s such a small state, they seem like they’re everywhere! When I was growing up, my grandma took a particular pleasure in visiting covered bridges. I think they invoke nostalgia and hearken back to a simpler time. We decided to visit five bridges as we didn’t want to lose too much time. Going around to these five bridges takes about an hour and a half. Here are the ones we visited:
Silk Road Bridge
Paper Mill Village Bridge
West Arlington Bridge
There are a lot more covered bridges — even ones that aren’t red — in Vermont that are worth visiting if you’re into covered bridges, but this is a good start!
Visit the Old First Church/Bennington Centre Cemetery/Robert Frost’s Gravestone
The Old First Church in “downtown” Bennington was built in the 1760s. We wanted to check out the old style of the cemetery.
We also wanted to glimpse Robert Frost’s grave. Robert Frost was born in California, but his time at Dartmouth brought him to the woodsy terrain of the northeast. He was inspired in Bennington to write some of his most famous poems. When he died in 1963, they buried him there. He has a modest grave, shared with his family. Under his name, it reads, “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.” Under his wife’s name it reads, “Together wing to wing and oar to oar” from his poem The Master Speed.
Look up at the Bennington Battle Monument
Not far from Old First Church is the Bennington Battle Monument. You can drive around and walk up to the monument. It was erected in the late 1800s to commemorate the Battle of Bennington in the Revolutionary War. There’s also a statue of John Stark pointing to say “There they are boys! We beat them today or Molly Stark sleeps a widow tonight!”
Buy pottery from Bennington Potters
One thing Bennington is known for is its pottery. Bennington Potters is an example of that pottery in action. You can take a tour of the pottery barn and buy wares in their store. We bought a set of bowls and have loved them! They’re machine washable and the perfect size for oatmeal.
Take a Hike
As you can see from the pictures, we visited Bennington in the winter. We hear there is some amazing hiking in the area, though. We could definitely see high hilltops in the distance, so make sure to check them out if you’re there when it’s warmer!
Where to Stay
We had a very special stay at Four Chimneys Inn. The inn keepers are incredibly warm people and the bed was so comfortable! The breakfast was also fantastic. I really can’t recommend this place enough.
There you have it — how to spend about 24 hours in Bennington, VT. Bennington is rich in history and a beautiful little place. Enjoy!
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