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Bennington historical walking tour Saturday 

  • The walk will begin at the Bennington Historical Society located at 38 Main Street on Saturday Aug. 11, 2018. Courtesy Photo—


Thursday, August 09, 2018 10:4AM

Bennington is an extraordinarily well-preserved example of a Northern New England mill village. We are excited to partner with the Bennington Historical Society to host a walking tour through the village and examine the 200+ years of history encompassed in this small town center.

 

The area that is now Bennington Village was settled in the 18th century as part of Hancock, and was originally known as Hancock Factory or Factory Village. Around 1782, Joseph Putnam established a sawmill and gristmill, and built a bridge across the Contoocook River, the power for his mills and those to come. The village developed as an independent industrial center, and was incorporated as Bennington out of Hancock and portions of other towns in 1842. Bennington Village was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

The walk will begin at the Bennington Historical Society located at 38 Main Street. This walking tour will take approximately 90 minutes and will be held rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and to bring a water bottle.

The tour is free and all are welcome.

2018 Walking Tours are made possible through sponsorship from The Petersons, Inc. The Petersons’ local representative is Bennington resident Aileen Schnare.