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Manchester, Vermont

Manchester, Vermont is an historic town located at the foot of Mount Equinox along Route 7, and is one of two shire towns (county seats) of Bennington County - the other is the town of Bennington. Manchester ... more info

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Quick Facts About Manchester

County: Bennington
Latitude / Longitude: 43.16 N / 73.07 W
Zip Code(s): 05254
(Manchester Center: 05255)
Incorporated: 1900
Population (2010): 749
(Manchester Center: 2,120)
Elevation: 899 feet | Land Area: 3.58 miles
Town Clerk: 802-362-1313
Nearest Hospitals: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (23.3 miles S)
Nearest Airports: Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport (29.6 miles N), Albany International Airport (59.4 miles SW)
Nearest Amtrak: Rutland (33.7 miles N)
Nearest Colleges/Universities: Bennington College (21.0 miles SW), Southern Vermont College (24.8 miles SW), a branch of the Community College of Vermont (33.3 miles N in Rutland and 23.1 miles S in Bennington). Birthplace of: Charles Augustus Aiken (1827-1892), clergyman, president of Union College, and professor at Princeton University; Joseph Sweetman Ames (1864-1943), physicist and president of Johns Hopkins University; Myra Bradwell (1831-1894), first American woman to become an attorney.
Tourist Attractions: Hildene, Northshire Museum & History Center, Orvis Flagship Store, American Fly Fishing Museum, The Battenkill River, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester Designer Outlets. Nearby: Dorset Theatre Festival (7.6 miles NW)  

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Nearby Cities and Towns:

Region 10: Green Mountains | Dorset (2.6 miles N) | Winhall (2.8 miles E) | Sunderland (2.4 miles SW) | Arlington (2.8 miles SW) | Sandgate (2.4 miles W) | Rupert (3.1 miles NW)

Vermont Events in August

Othello in the Shires 8/1/14 - 8/3/14
Shakespeare on Main Street brings Shakespeare’s “Othello” to the Shires. Performances will be at the Riley Center at Burr & Burton Academy (57 Seminary Avenue¬, Manchester) on August 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm; and August 3 at 2 pm. Set in 2012, amidst the political turmoil of the mid-East, this production will use contemporary events as a mirror for Shakespeare’s dramatic medieval setting in which the famous Moor fought and loved. With its tumultuous battle between human strength and frailty, “Othello” pits a heroic soldier against the prejudices of his time, and reveals how jealousy and pride undo even profound greatness. Under Gary Meitrott’s thrilling direction, this breakthrough version of “Othello” will awaken deep personal awareness in both the players and the audience and is certain to be the dramatic highlight of Vermont’s upcoming theatre season. Keith Smith of Burlington, who trained in New York City, including at the Lee Strasberg Institute, plays Othello, along with a cast of well-known regional actors, including Caroline Hogan as Desdemona, Todd Houston as Iago, Danielle Houston as Emilia, and Levi Nelson as Cassio. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for Seniors, Active Military, and Students; and free for children under 12. To reserve tickets in advance please call: Lawrence Zupan at 802-366-0110. For further information, please contact Artistic Director Gary Meitrott at 802-282-2581 or Shakespeare on Main Street is a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to bringing the elevated wit and linguistic brilliance of Shakespeare to Vermont audiences. We depend largely on public donations to stage our productions.

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