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Who Wouldn’t Want to Live in Bennington?


Friday, December 20th, 2013
Historic Bennington Welcomes You!

Historic Bennington Welcomes You!

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!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Discover Old Bennington…


Monday, October 7th, 2013

Where Vermont Begins….. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 the Old Bennington Historic District contains 93 contributing buildings and objects and is noted for its well-preserved Revolutionary War era homes as well. Chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1749, Bennington was the first town in Vermont. Amidst the Revolutionary War heroes resting in the cemetery to the Old First Church you will also find the graves of Robert Frost and his wife, Elinor Miriam White Frost. Old Bennington is just 3+ hours from Boston or New York and fifty minutes from the Albany NY International Airport and Amtrack Train Station.  Presented here are four outstanding historical properties located within this district.

Old Bennington homes

c. 1788 Isaac Tichenor Residence


11 West RoadThe Isaac Tichenor Residence is an outstanding example of Federal period architecture. Current owners dedicated several years to restoration and renovation under the guidance of historical consultants to what is one of the most unique homes in all Vermont. 12 main rooms, 6 working fireplaces. 5 baths, 3-car garage, clay tennis court, pond, gardens and perfect view of the Bennington Battle Monument. Listing Agent:  Kathleen Hoisington. $1,245,000.

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The Brick Academy, c. 1821




32 Monument Avenue. Remarkable historic building that served the children of “Old” Bennington in its early years and later became the Old Bennington Library.  Two dedicated owners in the last decade  have honored this building with the most amazing transition into a sophisticated home of distinction now securely preserved as one of Old Bennington’s premier 19th century buildings.  9 main rooms 3.5 baths, 2 fireplaces, prime air conditioning, humidity and air filtration system. Garage.  Village lot with remarkable plantings, hidden patios, stonewalls and fencing    cared for by an automatic irrigation system perfect for seasonal owners. Listing Agent: Kelley McCarthy. $595,000




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c. 1848 Abraham Gardener Residence


43 Monument Avenue. Vermont Lieutenant Governor, Abraham Gardener, had this home constructed in 1848 and later, Asa Hyde, a famous woodworker and house wright, lived in the house and crafted many of the details that are found in the Old First Church nearby.  This amazing property exhibits the introduction of finer millwork and the elegant styling of the mid-19th century. The rooms gracefully orient to the south and although you are in the center of the historic district your views spill out over expansive lawns and vibrant pond. This owner has added a comfortable, expansive family room, new 2-car garage and much attention to energy efficiency. There is also a 2 story barn for equipment .14 main rooms, 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths. 2.20 acres. Listing Agent: Kathleen Hoisington.   $695,000.


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c. 1779 Nodiah Swift home

57 Monument Avenue. In 1779, Captain Nodiah Swift chose to build his home on the Village Green in Old Bennington and to this day, the views remain the same. Sited between two other landmark properties one overlooks the Old First Church, its magnificent grounds and the Village Green with historic fountain.  This home presents as a gracious family home with traditional appointments but also with new baths, custom granite kitchen and a truly remarkable wood paneled and beamed carriage barn family room with tavern fireplace .  The grounds are on .75 of an acre of lawns, perennial gardens and patio.  15 main rooms 4.5 baths, 2 fireplaces.  Listing Agent: Suzy Yucht. $579,000.

Exceptional Old Bennington Colonial…


Friday, August 24th, 2012

40 West Road, Old Bennington …with historic beauty and magnificient features. A grand entrance hall with exquisite staircase and spectacular windows. Four fireplaces and a woodstove. Spacious rooms with ceiling beams and stunning details. Great kitchen tastefully encompassing both past and present. Elegant formal dining room and living room. Six bedrooms, five baths, and plently of room for storage. This home can be heated with either gas or oil. Lovely yard with heated lap pool, decking with reclaimed iron bars creatively used for fencing and fabulous barn. To learn more about this wonderful property, click here! Listing Agent: Ann Cummings.  $549,900.

Comtemporary Influence in Old Bennington


Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

110 Monument Avenue, Bennington. Architecturally designed New England Saltbox.  First floor master suite with fireplace,   gracious living space with cathedral ceilings, two other fireplaces, brick floors. Bathrooms have been updated with granite countertops and tile floors. Newer roof and heating systems, central air conditioning.  Blue stone patios, 2 car garage. Master suite could be professional office or in-law suite.  For details, photos and virtual tour, click  here.  Listing Agent: Kelley McCarthy.  $569,000.

Historic Opportunity


Friday, October 14th, 2011

3 Monument Circle, Old Bennington. One of the Grand Dames of Old Bennington. c.1890 Center Hall Colonial design with formal appointments such as grand foyer and stair case, ten main rooms, three fire places with carved traditional mantles, four full baths and two half baths. Master bedroom suite with private sitting room. Finished and heated third floor and finished rooms with private entrance at ground level. Attached green house, 2-car basement garage and equipment barn. Orientation of the home overlooks 11.48 acres of lawns, perennials and woods with a dramatic view of the East Mountain Range. All of the quality one would imagine in a Victorian era reproduction Estate-type home. First time on the market since 1963.  Details, photos and virtual tour available here.  Listing Agent: Kathleen Hoisington.  Now available for $450,000.

10 Reasons Why I Love Bennington


Thursday, October 21st, 2010

There are so many reasons to love our area.  When I take a walk with my childhood friend and we start down Town Hill from Old Bennington, we always take a deep breath and say how much we love this place.  From this vantage point we can see the bustling village, church steeples and historic industrial buildings as well as the fabulous Green Mountain Range….not bad for a morning walk!

Here are ten of the many reasons that I (a third generation Benningtonian) would not live anyplace else:

1)  If I go to the grocery store I get to visit with friends, aisle by aisle.

2)  If I have to go to the hospital, most nurses and doctors know me by name and give me comfort.

3)  If I want to ride my horse I can break away midday and be back to the office in time to finish work.

4)  We have outstanding libraries in both Bennington and North Bennington.

5)  If I wanted to ski in the winter I could join the business people’s group for downhill skiing every Wednesday afternoon or I could pick numerous spots, professionally groomed, for cross country skiing.  In the summer, if I want to swim, we have lakes and watering holes as well as a great indoor pool at the Rec Center.  I love to show off our very fine Mount Anthony Country Club to golfers moving to town.

6)  When I feel the need for culture, there are concerts, art shows and even our own Symphony Orchestra to attend.

7)  When I want to express my views about how the Town is run, I can attend the annual Town Meeting and take my turn.

8)  When my grandchildren have a play, concert or sports event I can enjoy these things first hand.

9)  When I start gaining weight despite all of these activities, there are many fitness clubs, an indoor tennis facility and yoga teachers to bring me back from the abyss.

10) Last but not least, just driving up to the Four Corners on a soft snowy December evening with all of the Christmas garland and lights twinkling with the wonderful Bank Clock aglow made one of my city clients say…”This is like a scene from It’s A Wonderful Life.”….It is.

Prominent Historic Homes in Bennington


Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

14 Monument AvenueOver the years, I have been privileged to have ben the listing agent for several of Old Bennington’s historic homes including the Jedediah Dewey home (the first minister at Old Bennington’s First Congregational Church), the Governor Robinson manse the Govenor Tichenor residence.  I have also been involved in the sale and listing of both Robert Frost properties in Shaftsbury and many, many other prominent and non-prominent historic properties, all of which have been amazingly sound and historically preserved.  It is a joy to work on these properties from the 18th and early 19th century and to share our knowledge of them with new buyers.

Bennington’s Victorian homes are truly splendid, although many of them were built not far from the industry of their original owneres and as time has progressed, have become a part of our business district.  You will see some of these fine homes now converted to law offices, professional buildings, convalescent centers and Bed & Breakfast use. If built a little later in the 20th century, they may still be in use as residences although they may be situated on a surprisingly small lot for the size of the home.  They remain very popular.  The Arts & Crafts cottages are easily spotted in our fist settled village residential areas and they offer tremendous character and solidly built frames.  They add grace and history to our oldest residential streets.

I could go on and on about the summer homes in Old Bennington built at the turn of the century, including “The Priory” that belonged to Mary Sanford on Monument Circle.  I sold this property in 2001 and the new owners have lovingly restored the entire 3-story home along with returning the gardens to their original splendour – they are spectacular!

Every single historic home has a story; why wouldn’t I love to represent these properties and their very special buyers and sellers?

There are many such fine homes listed in the Bennington area. For more information click here.

Staying Fit in Bennington!


Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Hiking the Long TrailOne of the great things about living here in Southern Vermont and specifically in the Bennington area is the number of opportunities we have to stay active and healthy, just by getting up and going outside!  The Green Mountains offer us the opportunity for some challenging mountain biking as well as its portion of the Long Trail for some great hiking.  For those who prefer a “kinder, gentler” type of walk there is the walk at the Mile Around Woods at the Park McCullough Mansion in North Bennington as well as Hadwen’s Walk at the Bennington Museum.  There are walking tours of both Old Bennington and Downtown Bennington and there is the lovely Bennington Pathway which winds along the Walloomsac River from School Street over to the Bennington Station on Depot Street.  Of course, all throughout Bennington County there are scenic country roads that provide a wonderful place for walking and jogging. 

We are so health conscious here in our little corner of Vermont that our local hospital, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, sponsors the Trek for Health each year.  Thousands of participants from Bennington and its surrounding communities take part in an eight week event tracking their steps and activities in an attempt to get folks up and moving!  I’m proud to say that Hoisington Realty has had a team participate in the Trek for Health every year!

So get up, get outside and go stretch your legs – you’ll be glad you did!



Friday, April 3rd, 2009

For me it is on Carpenter Hill Road at the crest of the hill, in the middle of Southern Vermont Orchard. Take a ride up there during apple blossom time in May and you will have the added beauty and scent of thousands of apple trees in full bloom.

View of Bennington from Carpenter Hill
From this vantage point, you get the dramatic sense of the valley that our Town of Bennington, including North Bennington, Old Bennington and Shaftsbury enjoy. From here you can see the roadways, waterways and the Green Mountains to the East, The Taconic Range to the West and straight north to Mount Equinox in Manchester.

What are your favorite views in the area?  Let us know so that we can share them with everyone. Southwestern Vermont is a naturally beautiful place and we should pause and take the time to appreciate it.  How lucky we are to live and work in such an environment!