Manchester Village Homeowners Invited to Discussion
Anyone who owns one of the older homes in Manchester (there are over 50) is invited to a presentation by Devon Colman, state architectural historian for the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation, on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. This free program is being hosted by the Levis family and will take place at the Wilburton Inn. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Inn.
The focus of Colman’s talk will be on the possiblity of enlarging the Manchester Village Historic District established in 1984. At that time, some 70 homes and other buildings were successfully nominated to the Register as Contributing Structures. That list includes the Mark Skinner Library and Saint John’s Chapel. Other properties currently on the Register include the Equinox Hotel, Hildene and Yester House at the Southern Vermont Art Center. The Orvis Inn, the Johnny Appleseed Bookshop, First Congregational Church, the Soldiers’ Monument, the Bennington County Courthouse and otheres are also on the Register.
It is hoped that the program will clarify what it means to the property owner when a building is placed on the Register. Colman will also answer questions from the audience. If you would like more information, Marian Haines, the homeowner who set the wheels in motion for the Manchester Village Historic District over 35 years ago, is available at 802-258-8240, voice mail or text.