Bennington History Guided Tour
On Sunday, September 15, 2 to 5, Bennington Historical Society presents “What Bennington Made — Made Bennington,” a guided tour to Bennington’s mill sites and the locations that made Bennington a thriving mill town. Anne Bugbee and Bill Morgan, president of the Historical Society, will lead the tour.
Mills were once prevalent in the nineteenth-century East Village, then called Algiers. Samuel Safford and Samuel Robinson collaborated to open a gristmill and lumber mill, both necessities in the small town. As time went on, spinning mills, cotton print mills, box manufacturers, makers of hoop skirts, hosiery, machinery and furniture, along with brickyards, iron foundries and a pottery, created a thriving town.
By the mid-twentieth century, that all changed. Many mills moved south; others lost market demand making it impossible for them to remain in operation.
The tour visits places that may be familiar, but the history could be new to many. Where were these mills located? What buildings still exist? Who were the owners, where did they come from and where did they live? Who were the workers, and what was their lifestyle like?
The tour costs $20 per person; $25 per couple or family.
It leaves from Bennington Station on Depot Street promptly at 2 p.m., via a school bus, which will be available for boarding at 1:30 p.m. For reservations and further information, call Bill Morgan
at 802-440-8075. Tickets are limited, so call early.