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About Bennington, Vermont

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Bennington County
Chartered: January 3, 1749 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 27,050 Acres = 42.27 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 94* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 42° 52' W 73°12'
Altitude: 750 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 15,764 [ Population Rank: 6* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 372.9 [ Density Rank: 11* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Bennington's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

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The first town granted in what were to be known as the New Hampshire Grants, later as Vermont. Benning Wentworth had been Royal Governor of New Hampshire for nine years when he issued the grant to himself and several friends, neighbors and relatives. Whether he had his mind on immortalizing himself or honoring his mother (Mary Benning) in naming the town, one can only guess.

Settlement of the town was delayed until 1761 by the last French and Indian War, and was barely underway when the settlers became involved in their long title dispute with New York. The controversy was at its height when the Revolutionary War began (because the "Yorkers" were primarily Tory in sympathy) and Bennington was at the center of it (because New York's most bitter enemies, the Green Mountain Boys, chose to make their headquarters there).

In August, 1777, the area was the site of one of the most important battle of the Revolution. Even though the actual engagement was fought in New York, it will always be known as the Battle of Bennington.

Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's
Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
with the author's permission

Activities & Points of Interest

Goings-on in and near Bennington
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Bennington Battle Monument - State Historic Site
306' stone monolith commemorates the Battle of Bennington. Elevator to observation gallery offering view of 3 states; fully accessible. Off Route 9 in Old Bennington. Open Daily mid-April through October, 9:30-5:30, Admission 802-447-0550.

Bennington Historical Society

North Bennington Historical Society

Covered Bridges (With Google Maps and satellite images):
Henry      Paper Mill      Silk     
Click Here for a map of all bridges in Bennington County.

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Police (non-emergency): 802-442-1030
Hospital: Southwestern Medical Center (Bennington) 802-442-6361
Town Clerk:  Timothy Corcoran 205 South Street Bennington, VT 05201
 802 442-1043
 M-F 8-5

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Assemblies of God : Green Mountain Christian Center 802-447-7224
Baptist : First Baptist Church 802-442-2105
Episcopal : St. Peter 802-442-2911
Jewish : Congregation Beth El 802-442-9645
Roman Catholic : Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales
Roman Catholic : Saint John The Baptist
Traditional Anglican : St. Thomas of Canterbury (Clifton Park, NY) 518-348-0842
Unitarian Universalist : Unitarian Fellowship of Bennington 802-440-9816
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ (North Bennington)
United Methodist : Bennington UMC 802-442-5920


Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union 802-447-7501
Bennington Elementary School 802-442-5256
Catamount Elementary School 802-447-7543
Molly Stark Elementary School 802-442-2692
Monument Elementary School 802-447-7979
Mt. Anthony Union High School 802-447-7511
Mt. Anthony Union Middle School 802-447-7541
North Bennington Graded School 802-442-5955
Southwest Vermont Career Development Center 802-447-0220
Woodford Hollow School 802-442-4071

Neighboring Towns

This is a basic geographic reference, intended to show relative location of adjacent towns. Directional accuracy is limited to 16 compass points. There isn't even the slightest suggestion that one can necessarily travel directly from one town to the next (as in "You can't get there from here").

Shaftsbury Glastenbury
New York Woodford


Notes about utilities:

  • One electric or phone company indicates that company serves the entire town. More than one of either indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • A listed cable company MIGHT mean the entire town is covered, but not necessarily. More than one listed indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • Unless your area is one served by Vermont's only gas utility, your only option is bottled gas (any dealer).
    Cable Comcast 800-266-2278
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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