Monday, November 14, 2011

Beautiful Bennington, Vermont ... visit any time of the year

View from Bennington Monument

I may be going out on a limb here starting to write about other than Florida and the Gulf Coast, but my work takes me to different towns and cities, many of them places that deserve a word and a picture or two.

Main Street
One of them is Bennington, Vermont. People come from all over the world to see its Fall foliage. It is, indeed, beautiful. Mountains are not some faraway scenery here; they seem to rise up all around the town, defining its essence in an intimate, friendly way.

Vermont is one of the last settled areas of the New England colonies. There is no record of settlers in the Green Mountain State (hence the French-derived name, Vermont)  before 1760. It grew in importance in a few years, however; it was the site of the Battle of Bennington in 1777. The British, led by General John Burgoyne, were routed by the American Colonists in clash that proved to be more a psychological boost for the Colonists than anything else.
Road to Bennington Monument near peak foliage

Today, with about 15,700 residents (about 36,000 in the county), Bennington is the third largest city in the state. It’s a short drive – about 35 miles – from Albany, New York. I recommend a visit here any time of the year.

There’s more to come on Bennington: Grandma Moses, covered bridges, and some places to visit. Stay tuned.
Same road to the monument a month later

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