Park-McCullough Opens for Season with Special Exhibit
The Historic Park-McCullough opens ‘Connected Through the Land’ at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20, with hundreds of artifacts from their archives, including photographs, books, maps, tools and stories. The 640-acre Hall Farm, now in public land conservation, grew vegetables, hay, corn and raised livestock for over 200 years, employing hundreds of local citizens, many of whom remained in the area. The aim is to honor those employees and connect their histories with the contemporary Bennington community.
Oral history is being compiled about the farm, in partnership with the Skidmore Storytellers Institute, the McCullough Free Library, The Fund for North Bennington and others. If you are a relative of a former employee (or know one), you can contact them to share your story. As they collect more information, they will build an archive of knowledge and hearsay to be passed on to future generations. They’re looking for people from the Harrington, Elwell, Bouplin, Kinney, Morrissey, Niles, Rice, Knapp, Cone, Flanders, Becker families and many others! There are photos and correspondence to share, and much to learn.
Oral history recording and free house tours will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., to be followed by a free musical performance by Adam Tinkle and Kyle Motl at 6 p.m.
Tours of the Park-McCullough House are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,(last tour at 1) and Sunday 12 to 4 p.m. (last tour at 3) through Columbus Day weekend. They will also be open for tours on the following holidays: May 30 (Memorial Day), July 4, September 5 (Labor Day) and October 10 (Columbus Day). These special Monday hours will be from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.
The Park-McCullough House is located at 1 Park Street, North Bennington. For information, visit parkmccullough.org or call 802-442-5441.