Vermont’s Route 7, Then and Now
On Sunday, February 16, at 2 p.m., the Bennington Historical Society welcomes Ted Bird, who will give a presentation on ‘Route Seven, Then and Now’ at the Bennington Museum. Also known as the Ethan Allen Highway, this north-south route along the western border of Vermont has been the main highway for travelers as long as we can remember. Bird’s presentation will examine this road from Pownal to Manchester. Pictures taken of sites in Pownal, Bennington, Shaftsbury, Arlington, Sunderland and Manchester, both current and how they looked in the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s, are included. Even the road has changed, as some of old Route 7 is now Route 7A. The relocated Route 7 from Pownal to Pownal Center (built in 1960 to1961) and the new Route 7 from Bennington to Manchester (built in the late 1970s and early 80s) is not included.
In the past Bird has given presentations on Bennington’s Missing Persons, the Changing Face of Main Street, a look at the Ku Klux Klan in Vermont, and the story of the Bennington Opera House/General Stark Theatre. Visit benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571 for more information.