Who wouldn’t want to live here? We are not only the gateway to Vermont but we are where Vermont began when Bennington was chartered in 1749. We are rich in Revolutionary War history and contributed many soldiers to the Civil War as well as all of the other wars to come. We are both patriotic and peaceful. We have gorgeous views and waterways and now welcome people to town not only at the Chamber of Commerce and Better Bennington Corporation but also at the spectacular new Vermont Welcome Center at the edge of Town. We are abundantly endowed with cultural and historic resources! For those passionate about history, there is the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in the State of Vermont and the c. 1761 Old First Church and graveyard where Revolutionary War heroes as well as Robert Frost and his wife Elinor lie. There is also the Bennington Museum, the Bennington Arts Center, the Vermont Arts Exchange, Park McCullough House and Carriage Barn, the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, Oldcastle Theatre, Sage City Symphony and Summer Sonatina. We ski, bike, hike, run, play golf, ride horses, snowmobile, snowshoe, fish and hunt when weather permits and we also have indoor tennis, swimming and riding. We have three libraries; two in Bennington and one in North Bennington. We have a splendid park and two lakes, Lake Paran and Lake Shaftsbury at the Shaftsbury State Park. There are numerous walking paths and land trusts that preserve our land and a nature conservation center on the south side of town.
We act like a bigger town than we are with a remarkable Medical Center as well as the State of Vermont’s only Veteran’s Home. We are home to no less than four colleges and three nursing programs. We can boast of a new Middle School in a fabulous location and a High School that offers many opportunities from Vocational to AP Courses and a full array of arts and athletic programs. In addition we have several private schools that broaden our selection of elementary education. We have an exciting and eclectic mix of interesting shops in the Central Business District and a growing commercial/industrial district on the north side of Town. Last but not least we have a wide array of restaurants that can satisfy the most discerning diners as well as families on a budget. Our three covered bridges that span the Walloomsac River are renowned, visited frequently by those from around the world. We hope they stay overnight, or longer, at our many inns, hotels, motels and B&B’s and fall in love with this area like we all have.
Here is the best part: We are an “honest town”, which I define as one without pretensions or phony colonial hype. We work and play together out of mutual interest not stigmatized by background or income. We represent all income levels and have been here for generations or just arrived. We show great tolerance for each other’s religious or non-religious beliefs and ways of life but we share the same appreciation for community and the beauty of our area and guard it ferociously against indiscriminate development. We don’t have to “move up with the Joneses” as people value each other for who they are and not what they have. Who wouldn’t want to live here? Thanks to all of our clients, customers and friends who are part of our world.
Have a Happy Holiday Season from all of us at Hoisington Realty!