“USA 🇺🇸 Part 2 of 2 ~Road Trip’n Through Vermont!”
Vermont is a magical place to visit and stay awhile, which is exactly what we did!
After we left Manchester, a bit reluctantly because we loved it there, we headed on to a few more historical stops, as we made out way, North, to New Hampshire.
Bennington was chartered in 1749, and was Vermont’s first town.
The tallest man-made structure in the State of Vermont commemorates the Battle of Bennington; a pivotal victory for American forces on the New England front of the American Revolution.
On August 16, 1777, Vermont’s Green Mountain Boys, the New Hampshire Militia, and volunteers from Massachusetts, defeated British troops charged with capturing provisions stored at the Bennington military supply depot: the site where the monument stands today.
a well-known Boston architect, developed the 306-foot monument that we see today.
Ground was broken on June 4, 1887 with a ceremony marking the laying of the cornerstone on the 110th anniversary of the battle.
The two-ton capstone was set on November 25, 1889. Bennington Battle Monument was dedicated on August 19, 1891 with a grand ceremony lead by President Benjamin Harrison and a gathering of tens of thousand onlookers.
In 1956, and elevator was put inside the monument, as the stairs became unstable for guests.
⬆️ The actual Battlegrounds are seven miles away from this monument.
From the view up in the monument, the small square patch of grass surrounded by trees is the spot.
It was in Bennington where we visited the cemetery where Robert Frost (the famous Poet) is buried with his family members. I posted photos in Part 1 of 2, but here are a few more photos of this historic cemetery.
Before leaving the historic town of Bennington, we visited three of the five historic covered bridges ⬇️
⬆️ The Silk Road Covered Bridge crosses over the Walloomsac River in Bennington.
This bridge has spanned the Walloomsac in this location since 1790, but the current Silk Road covered bridge was built in 1840. It is the oldest covered bridge still standing in Bennington County.
This is a single-span Town Lattice Truss built by Benjamin Sears, who was a prominent builder at the time.
⬆️ The current Paper Mill Covered Bridge was built in 2000 and is a replacement of the original that was built in 1889. This is a Town lattice truss spanning 122 feet along Murphy Road.
The Paper Mill Covered Bridge is similar in design to the Silk Road Bridge and is the longest covered bridge in Bennington County.
The site was home to one of Vermont’s first paper mills, and the dam below the bridge provided hydroelectric power to fuel industry in the community.
⬆️ The location where the Burt Henry Covered Bridge spans the Walloomsac River has been an important crossing since early colonial times.
The original covered bridge was a double-span, built in 1840, but was entirely replaced as a single-span in 1989. This is a Town lattice truss bridge that carries River Road for 121 feet across the Walloomsac.
Built in 1769, the house of Lt. William Henry; Revolutionary War Hero and participant in the Battle of Bennington, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Henry House sits on 25 acres of a tranquil setting of meadows and mountains. The original charm of this landmark home is retained for your pleasure in this authentic house our family has rejuvenated. It also features a beautiful open front porch overlooking the Henry Covered Bridge and Walloomsac River.
Located in the southwestern region of the state, Arlington is nestled within the valley between the Green Mountains and the Taconic Mountains along the Batten Kill River, known for its excellent trout fishing.
The town is also abundant Vermont specialty food products in addition to the outdoor activities along the river and in the mountains.
This small town is Not to be missed. We entered through another covered bridge into a storybook country setting! ⬇️
⬆️ One of Vermont’s most popular covered bridges, the Arlington Green Covered Bridge is part of a pastoral landscape of an almost forgotten era. The bridge, along with the local church and a historic inn nearby, is often featured on postcards and calendars.
The Arlington Green Covered Bridge is yet another example of a Town lattice truss.
Built in 1852, this is also one of Vermont’s oldest covered bridges. The bridge carries Covered Bridge Road across the Battenkill River for 80 feet.
Arlington Historic Church
⬆️ Strolling down from the covered bridge is Rockwell’s Retreat, a historic inn that was built in 1792.
The view of the bridge from in front of the inn is the very same that Norman Rockwell enjoyed in the decade he lived here from 1943 to 1953.
History of St James: 1764 to The Present in Historical Arlington, Vermont.
To best understand the history of St. James, one must remember the early history of our country.
The early settlers, particularly in New England, left England with distaste for many of the accepted roles of the establishment, especially that of the Anglican Church and its function as a prop for the monarchy.
In Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, the Puritans hounded the Anglicans in their midst, forcing them to leave or to conform to Puritan models of behavior. Among those who left were some members of the Anglican parish in Newtown and New Milford, Connecticut of the Rev. John Beach, a former Congregationalist turned Anglican.
These families settled in Arlington in 1764.
While escaping one form of trouble, they found trouble of a different sort in 1776.
After they had settled in their new homes and began to conduct Episcopal services, the Revolution served to isolate them further as “Tories”: those loyal to the King of England. During the Revolution, Capt. Hawley left Arlington and served on the staff of General John Burgoyne until Burgoyne’s defeat at the Battle of Saratoga, when he started for Canada. He died en route in Shelburne in 1777.
During the period 1764 – 1786 the Episcopalians in Arlington survived by conducting their own services and from the ministry of priests from outside Vermont who traveled through the region conducting sacramental services. During the Revolution there is little evidence of many services being conducted at all. Following the Revolution, a group of families, led by Nathan Canfield, formed the Episcopal Society in 1784. Shortly thereafter the Society voted to build a church, and work was begun under the direction of Canfield, who advanced about half the cost. In 1786, the first priest, Rev. James Nichols, was installed. In 1790, the first convention of the Episcopal Church in Vermont was held in Arlington.
St. James Episcopal Church, founded by Jehiel Hawley in the late 1700’s is now approaching its 250th anniversary, is the cradle of the Episcopal church in Vermont.
This Historic Cemetery is the resting place of General Ethan Allen’s wife Mary, and two children, Joseph and Mary.
It is also the resting place of noted author Dorothy Canfield Fisher.
Rutland is an impressive old place, and pretty good size. I read about the painted murals about the town, and decided the treasure hunt for them would be fun. What I did know was about the diverse architecture and striking town this was, till we got there.
Chartered in 1761 Rutland town was later divided to create the additional municipalities which are now the Town of Proctor, the Town of West Rutland and the City of Rutland.
The present 12,000 acres of the town is home to all types of residences, farms, and considerable commercial activity which provides a significant number of manufacturing jobs.
Rutland Town, as it is commonly called, was the first Vermont town to establish a web presence when it launched its first web site in February 1996.
This was one we couldn’t find. Not my photo, but worth showing. The other one we could not find was a whale painting
After Rutland, we continued our way North, including going through the Appalachian Mountains. Here are some more scenic photos…..
The Appalachian Mountains, often called the Appalachians, are a system of mountains in eastern to northeastern North America. The Appalachians first formed roughly 480 million years ago during the Ordovician Period.
The Lincoln Bridge
One hundred years ago, there were more than 600 structures of their kind in the state of Vermont.
Now, with just over 100 covered bridges left in Vermont–the highest concentration per square mile in the United States, these idyllic wood-lined structures are some of our last links to a simpler era.
⬆️ In 1877 at the time of its construction, the Lincoln Covered Bridge was an anomaly.
The only known wooden example of a variation of the Pratt truss (patented thirty-three years earlier); featuring flanking arch trusses made of six laminated layers. This design would pave the way for steel highway and railroad bridges of the future.
Now a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places (circa 1973), this 136-foot bridge is well worth a visit.
⬆️ Taftsville Covered Bridge After three predecessors were lost to floodwaters in rapid succession, Solomon Emmons III was contracted to build the timber-framed Taftsville Covered Bridge that stands today.
Completed in 1836, it is one of the oldest covered bridges in the nation, and the longest recorded; spanning 189 feet.
In recent years, it has survived Hurricane Irene and an actual hit-and-run…a rare accolade thanks, in part, to its early craftsman design likely influenced by Swiss tradition. The modified multiple kingpost truss design complete with arches is not based on any US patent, but remains one of the most stunning and effective designs in covered bridge history.
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