Southern Vermont

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  • 1. Bennington Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The rich collections here feature military artifacts, early tools, dolls, and the Bennington Flag, one of the oldest of the Stars and Stripes...

    The rich collections here feature military artifacts, early tools, dolls, and the Bennington Flag, one of the oldest of the Stars and Stripes in existence. Other areas of interest include early Bennington pottery, the Gilded Age in Vermont, mid-20th-century modernist painters who worked in or near Bennington, glass and metalwork by Lewis Comfort Tiffany, and photography, watercolors, and other works on paper. The highlight for many visitors, though, is the largest public collection of works by Grandma Moses (1860–1961), the popular self-taught artist who lived and painted in the area.

    75 Main St., Old Bennington, Vermont, 05201, USA
    802-447–1571

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $10, Closed Jan.; Wed. Feb.–May
  • 2. Dorset Quarry

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    On hot summer days the sight of dozens of families jumping, swimming, and basking in the sun around this massive 60-foot-deep swimming hole...

    On hot summer days the sight of dozens of families jumping, swimming, and basking in the sun around this massive 60-foot-deep swimming hole makes it one of the most wholesome and picturesque recreational spots in the region. First mined in 1785, the stone from the country's oldest commercial marble quarry was used to build the main branch of the New York Public Library and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

    Rte. 30, Dorset, Vermont, 05251, USA

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    Rate Includes: Free
  • 3. Hildene

    Garden

    A twofold treat, the summer home of Abraham Lincoln's son Robert provides insight into the lives of the Lincoln family, as well as an introduction...

    A twofold treat, the summer home of Abraham Lincoln's son Robert provides insight into the lives of the Lincoln family, as well as an introduction to the lavish Manchester life of the early 1900s. In 1905, Robert built a 24-room Georgian Revival mansion where he and his descendants lived until 1975. It's the centerpiece of a beautifully preserved 412-acre estate and holds many of the family's prized possessions, including one of three surviving stovepipe hats owned by Abraham and a Lincoln Bible. When the 1,000-pipe Aeolian organ is played, the music reverberates as though from the mansion's very bones. Rising from a 10-acre meadow, Hildene Farm is magnificent. The agriculture center is built in a traditional style—post-and-beam construction of timber felled and milled on the estate, and you can watch goat cheese being made. The highlight, though, may be the elaborate formal gardens, where a thousand peonies bloom every June. There is also a teaching greenhouse, restored 1903 Pullman car, a 600-foot floating boardwalk across the Battenkill wetlands, and more than 12 miles of walking trails. When conditions permit, you can cross-country ski and snowshoe on the property.

    1005 Hildene Rd., at Rte. 7A, Manchester, Vermont, 05254, USA
    802-362–1788

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    Rate Includes: $23
  • 4. Southern Vermont Arts Center

    Museum/Gallery

    At the end of a long, winding driveway, this center has a permanent collection of more than 800 19th- and 20th-century American artworks and...

    At the end of a long, winding driveway, this center has a permanent collection of more than 800 19th- and 20th-century American artworks and presents temporary exhibitions. The original building, a Georgian mansion set on 100 acres, contains 12 galleries with works by more than 600 artists, many from Vermont. The center also hosts concerts, performances, and film screenings. In summer and fall, the views from the café at lunchtime are magnificent.

    930 SVAC Dr., West Rd., Manchester, Vermont, 05254, USA
    802-362–1405

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free, Closed Mon. Nov.–May
  • 5. Adams Family Farm

    Farm/Ranch

    At this working farm you can collect fresh eggs from the chicken coop, feed a rabbit, milk a goat, ride a tractor or a pony, catch a fish in...

    At this working farm you can collect fresh eggs from the chicken coop, feed a rabbit, milk a goat, ride a tractor or a pony, catch a fish in the pond, or take a sleigh ride in winter. A livestock barn is open November–mid-June; the animals roam free the rest of the year.

    15 Higley Hill Rd., off Rte. 100, Wilmington, Vermont, 05363, USA
    802-464–3762

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    Rate Includes: $6.95
  • 6. American Museum of Fly Fishing

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum houses the world's largest collection of angling art and angling-related objects—more than 1,500 rods, 800 reels, 30,000 flies,...

    This museum houses the world's largest collection of angling art and angling-related objects—more than 1,500 rods, 800 reels, 30,000 flies, including the tackle of Winslow Homer, Babe Ruth, Jimmy Carter, and other notables. Every August, vendors sell antique equipment at the museum's fly-fishing festival. You can also practice your casting out back.

    4104 Main St., Manchester, Vermont, 05254, USA
    802-362–3300

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    Rate Includes: $5
  • 7. Bennington Battle Monument

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    This 306-foot stone obelisk with an elevator to the top commemorates General John Stark's Revolutionary War victory over the British, who attempted...

    This 306-foot stone obelisk with an elevator to the top commemorates General John Stark's Revolutionary War victory over the British, who attempted to capture Bennington's stockpile of supplies. Inside the monument you can learn all about the battle, which took place near Walloomsac Heights in New York State on August 16, 1777, and helped bring about the surrender of British commander "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne two months later. The top of the tower affords commanding views of the Massachusetts Berkshires, the New York Adirondacks, and the Vermont Green Mountains.

    15 Monument Circle, Old Bennington, Vermont, 05201, USA
    802-447–0550

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $5, Closed Nov.–Apr.
  • 8. Bennington College

    Educational Institution

    Contemporary stone sculpture and white-frame neo-Colonial dorms surrounded by acres of cornfields punctuate the green meadows of the placid...

    Contemporary stone sculpture and white-frame neo-Colonial dorms surrounded by acres of cornfields punctuate the green meadows of the placid campus of Bennington College.

    1 College Dr., off U.S. 7, North Bennington, Vermont, 05201-6003, USA
    802-442–5401
  • 9. Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

    Museum/Gallery

    Downtown is the hub of Brattleboro's art scene, at the forefront of which is this museum in historic Union Station. It presents changing exhibitions...

    Downtown is the hub of Brattleboro's art scene, at the forefront of which is this museum in historic Union Station. It presents changing exhibitions of works by local, national, and international artists, and hosts lectures, readings, and musical performances.

    10 Vernon St., Brattleboro, Vermont, 05301, USA
    802-257–0124

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $8
  • 10. Harlow's Sugar House

    Farm/Ranch

    The Harlow family has been sugaring on this farm 2 miles north of Putney since 1927. A working cider mill and sugarhouse are on site, and in...

    The Harlow family has been sugaring on this farm 2 miles north of Putney since 1927. A working cider mill and sugarhouse are on site, and in season you can pick apples and berries. The gift shop sells cider, maple syrup, and other items.

    563 Bellows Falls Rd., Putney, Vermont, 05346, USA
    802-387–5852

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    Rate Includes: Free
  • 11. Historical Society Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This endearingly cluttered museum documents the town's history with photographs, soapstone displays, quilts, musical instruments, furniture...

    This endearingly cluttered museum documents the town's history with photographs, soapstone displays, quilts, musical instruments, furniture, tools, and other artifacts.

    147 Main St., Grafton, Vermont, 05146, USA
    802-843–2584

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $5, Closed Tues. and Wed. Memorial Day–Columbus Day, and Tues., Wed., and weekends Columbus Day–Memorial Day
  • 12. Lake Shaftsbury State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    You'll find a swimming beach, nature trails, boat and canoe rentals, and a snack bar at this pretty park. ...

    You'll find a swimming beach, nature trails, boat and canoe rentals, and a snack bar at this pretty park.

    262 Shaftsbury State Park Rd., 10½ miles north of Bennington, Bennington, Vermont, 05262, USA
    802-375–9978

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Facilities closed early Sept.–mid-May
  • 13. Marlboro Music

    Festival–Sight

    Tiny Marlboro, 10 miles west of Brattleboro, draws musicians from around the world each summer to Marlboro College for Marlboro Music. The festival...

    Tiny Marlboro, 10 miles west of Brattleboro, draws musicians from around the world each summer to Marlboro College for Marlboro Music. The festival presents weekend chamber music concerts mid-July–mid-August.

    Marlboro College, 1616 Walnut St., Brattleboro, Vermont, 19103, USA
    802-254-2394
  • 14. Merck Forest & Farmland Center

    Farm/Ranch

    This 3,162-acre educational center has 30 miles of nature trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and rustic...

    This 3,162-acre educational center has 30 miles of nature trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and rustic camping. You can visit the 62-acre farm, which grows organic fruit and vegetables (sold at the visitor center), and check out the horses, sheep, pigs, and chickens while you're there—you're even welcome to help out with the chores.

    3270 Rte. 315, Rupert, Vermont, 05768, USA
    802-394–7836

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free
  • 15. Molly Stark State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The park is known for its great camping (there are two loops) and popular snowshoe trails, and there's a picnic pavilion. The Molly Stark Heritage...

    The park is known for its great camping (there are two loops) and popular snowshoe trails, and there's a picnic pavilion. The Molly Stark Heritage Trail runs through this area, known as a scenic bypass. There is a 1.7-mile loop hike to the fire tower atop Mt. Olga that culminates in a 360-degree view of southern Vermont and northern Massachusetts.

    705 Rte. 9 E, Wilmington, Vermont, 05363, USA
    802-464–5460
  • 16. Newfane

    Town/Village

    With a village green surrounded by pristine white buildings, Newfane, 6 miles southeast of Townshend, is sometimes described as the quintessential...

    With a village green surrounded by pristine white buildings, Newfane, 6 miles southeast of Townshend, is sometimes described as the quintessential New England small town. The 1839 First Congregational Church and the Windham County Court House, with green-shuttered windows and a rounded cupola, are often open. The building with the four-pointed spire is Union Hall, built in 1832.

    Newfane, Vermont, 05345, USA
  • 17. Old Bennington

    Historic District/Site

    West of downtown, this National Register Historic District is well endowed with stately Colonial and Victorian mansions. The site of the Catamount...

    West of downtown, this National Register Historic District is well endowed with stately Colonial and Victorian mansions. The site of the Catamount Tavern, where Ethan Allen organized the Green Mountain Boys to capture Ft. Ticonderoga in 1775, is marked by a bronze statue of Vermont's indigenous mountain lion, now extinct.

    Monument Ave., Old Bennington, Vermont, 05201, USA
  • 18. Park-McCullough House

    Historic Home

    The architecturally significant Park-McCullough House is a 35-room classic French Empire–style mansion, built in 1865 and furnished with period...

    The architecturally significant Park-McCullough House is a 35-room classic French Empire–style mansion, built in 1865 and furnished with period pieces. Several restored flower gardens grace the landscaped grounds, and a stable holds some antique carriages. House tours are given on Friday in summer. The grounds are open daily year-round.

    1 Park St., at West St., North Bennington, Vermont, 05257, USA
    802-442–5441

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $10
  • 19. Putney

    Town/Village

    Nine miles upriver, this town of fewer than 3,000 residents—the country cousin of bustling Brattleboro—is a haven for writers and fine-craft...

    Nine miles upriver, this town of fewer than 3,000 residents—the country cousin of bustling Brattleboro—is a haven for writers and fine-craft artists. There are many pottery studios to visit, the requisite general store, and a few orchards. Each November during the Putney Craft Tour, dozens of artisans open their studios and homes for live demonstrations and plenty of fun.

    Putney, Vermont, USA
  • 20. Robert Frost Stone House Museum

    Historic Home

    Robert Frost came to Shaftsbury in 1920, he wrote, "to plant a new Garden of Eden with a thousand apple trees of some unforbidden variety."...

    Robert Frost came to Shaftsbury in 1920, he wrote, "to plant a new Garden of Eden with a thousand apple trees of some unforbidden variety." The museum tells the story of the poet's life and highlights the nine years (1920–29) he spent living in the house with his wife and four children. It was here that he penned "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and published two books of poetry. You can wander 7 of the Frost family's original 80 acres. Among the apple boughs you just might find inspiration of your own.

    121 Historic Rte. 7A, Shaftsbury, Vermont, 05262, USA
    802-447–6200

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $6

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