Bennington’s Bygone Trolleys
On Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m., the Bennington Historical Society presents a program on the Bennington Trolley system. Local historian Joe Hall will use narration and visuals to follow the development and expansion of the Bennington- Berkshire trolley system. In 1894 trolleys ran from the corner of East Main and Branch Streets to North Bennington, and by 1898 trolleys ran from Bennington to the community of Walloomsac in North Hoosick, thus allowing workers from New York State to commute to the knitting mills in Bennington. In 1903, the Bennington and North Adams Railway Company was chartered. It ran from Bennington through Pownal Center to Williamstown and North Adams, Mass. Soon it traveled to Pittsfield and eventually to Great Barrington for the cost of $1 (it was 25 cents more if the passenger wished to have a seat). This trolley system allowed for greater choices for unskilled laborers to find jobs in nearby towns and boosted the local economy. Bennington Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public. They are held at the Bennington Museum, 75 West Main Street, Bennington.