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Brief History

In January of 1749 New Hampshire Governor Benning Wentworth chartered Bennington, the first town grant in Vermont.

Bennington was the first settlement in Vermont, west of the Green Mountains. In June, 1761, the first settlers, about twenty people, came from Massachusetts. In 1800 there were no more than twenty houses in what later became the Village of Bennington.

In 1777, Bennington had a large store of supplies that the English felt they should come to Bennington and remove, to satisfy their own needs. General Stark and the Green Mountain Boys successfully fought off the English, keeping the stores in Bennington. To commemorate this victory the Bennington Battle Monument was erected, and dedicated by President Benjamin Harrison in 1891.[1]

Historical Data

The Vermont Historical Gazetteer is a 5 volume set of historical information by Abby Maria Hemenway with Volume I published in 1867 and Volume V completed in 1891 after her death. Also available online in PDF format at this link.

Town Histories

The Battle of Bennington

The Local History of Bennington, 1860-1883, by Abby Maria Hemenway, is available online.

Vital Records

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Probate Records

The probate district for Bennington is Bennington.
Bennington Probate Division
207 South St.
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 447-2705

City Directories

Vermont City Directories in Vermont Repositories.

Bennington, Vermont 1896 - 97 Directory

The FamilySearch Library Catalog has several microfilms of Bennington Directories.

Maps

1856 Bennington map

Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Bennington. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Bennington County, website at this link.

  • Bennington Hebrew Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Bennington Village Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Bushnell-Barney Cemetery aka Barney Cemetery, Bushnell Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Hinsdillville Cemetery- inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Kingsley Cemetery- inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • New Catholic Cemetery- inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Old Bennington Cemetery (aka Old First Church Cemetery , Old First Congregational Church Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Old Catholic Cemetery- inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Park Lawn Cemetery- inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Rice Cemetery (aka Alfred Winslow Farm Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Saint John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Vermont Veterns Home Cemetery- inscriptons at Find A Grave site.
  • White Chapel Cemetery- inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Churches

1. Jehovah's Witness
    393 Gore Rd
    Bennington, VT 05201
    Phone: (802) 442-8648

2. Old First Church
    1 Monument Circle
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
    Phone: (802) 447-1223
    Email : office@oldfirst.comcastbiz.net
    Website: http://www.oldfirstchurchbenn.org/home.html

3. Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church
    238 West Main Street
    Bennington, VT 05201
    Phone (802) 442-3141
    Website: http://www.rc.net/burlington/bennington_catholic_community/

4. Second Congregational Church
    115 Hillside St
    Bennington, VT 05201
    Phone: (802) 442-2559

5. Seventh Day Adventist Church
    404 Houghton Ln
    Bennington, VT 05201
    (802) 442-4579

6. St. Peters Episcopal Church - 1834-1871 Marriage Records
    200 Pleasant Street
    Bennington, VT 05201
    Phone: (802) 442-2911
    Website: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/parish/st-peters-episcopal-church-bennington-vt

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images) at this link.

The Bennington Town Clerk has downloadable Early Town Records and Genealogical Records (Births 1763 to 1850, Deaths 1763 to 1850, Marriages - Brides 1763 to 1850, and Marriages - Grooms 1763 to 1850).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Bennington Town Clerks Office. These include Town and vital records, 1741-1930; with some deeds, 1741-1809.

Bennington Town Clerk
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-1043
Website: http://www.benningtonvt.org/townclerk/index.html

Newspapers

Bennington Banner Newspaper

Libraries and Historical Societies

Bennington Free Library
101 Silver Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-9051
Email: webmaster@bfli.org
Website: http://benningtonfreelibrary.org/

Bennington Historical Society
75 Main St,
Bennington, VT ‎05201
Phone: (802) 447-1571
Email: bhs@benningtonmuseum.org
Website: http://www.benningtonmuseum.org/bennington-historical-society.html

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