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Sunday, October 30, 2016

The First Congregationalist Church of Bennington, VT

Several weeks ago, we visited The First Congregationalist Church of Bennington, VT -- the "Old First Church."  We had been at Robert Frost's Stone House Museum in nearby South Shaftsbury, VT and learned that Frost was buried in the cemetery behind this church and decided to check it out.  It was worth the visit to soak in the history that exudes this place.  The church is in Old Bennington visible from Route 7 just as you swing into Bennington at 1 Monument Circle.  This day was good timing, since we were able to take the tour.  The church is a short distance away from the Battle of Bennington Monument (click here for the Old Bennington Walking Tour)

A stunning example of architecture from the Federal period.

Click here for a pew rental agreement (I said hey, you, get off of my pew!)

Each column was made from a single pine tree and hand-planed.  There's a Wicks pipe organ.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Robert Frost said "I don't go to church, but I look in the window."

Don't be like the turkeys who dropped coins on Frost's grave.  Instead, emulate Charles Dewey.

David Redding (1754-1778)

The cemetery contains the graves of about 75 Revolutionary War patriots, as well as British and Hessian soldiers killed in the Battle of Bennington.   

Old First Church, Bennington (VIDEO)

Find a Grave - Old Bennington Cemetery
New England: True Northeast; Cemetery; Bennington, Vt.
The Old First Church
Robert Frost's Grave
Robert Frost Museum in Shaftsbury, Vt.
Stopping by a Bennington cemetery on a spring morning


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