Unlike most states known for their cities and major metropolitan areas, Vermont is known for its sense of community, its scenic villages and small towns. It's where the center of the community is the independently-owned general store or the post office. Jay Hathaway, former owner of Peltier's Market in Dorset, called these much-visited stores and markets "the beating hearts of our villages" because it's where locals go for a quart of milk, a sandwich, the newspaper and other daily essentials. It's where "everybody knows your name." For a genuine look into the heart of Southern Vermont's towns and villages visit one of the locally-owned general stores or markets.
Background Information on SoVermont...
The Bennington area is nestled between the Taconic & Green Mountains in the Southwestern corner of Vermont. Just minutes from the Berkshires in Massachusetts and within 45 minutes of the Albany, NY area, Bennington is a great place to live and visit. Residents and business owners are well known for their hospitality and community pride.
Bennington and its surrounding communities are rich in the arts, history and outdoor recreational opportunities. Natural beauty coupled with fantastic architecture makes this area a visual delight. Bennington is well known for its museums, attractions, antique shops, art galleries, historic walking tours, covered bridges, beautifully revitalized downtown, green mountains and lush valleys, beautiful vistas, summer & winter recreational opportunities, pristine state parks, scenic campgrounds, quaint roadside stands selling Vermont products, great restaurants and wonderful lodging establishments. With its clean air and minimal backlighting, Bennington's a great place for stargazing. Clean cool waters abound in the area's rivers, lakes and streams. People arrive by bus, on foot (the Appalachian & Long Trails are literally within walking distance), by bike and of course by car for scenery and hospitality that is hard to come by in today's world.
Dorset's appeal as a Vermont getaway destination was established over a century ago. The town occupies the highest valley between New York City and Montreal, Canada. Nineteenth century physicians recommended these clean, cool environs as restorative havens from crowded, polluted cities. The marble quarries at the edge of town are said to be the oldest in the country and were once a major part of Dorset's economy. They provided the marble for landmarks such as the New York City Library as well as for the marble sidewalks which lace the town and the all-marble church next to the village green. Yesterday's quarries now are today's popular swimming holes. For almost 150 years (since 1868, when the first "summer people" came to Dorset), visitors have discovered countless reasons to love this little town. Fascinating day trips, including museum visits, cheese tours and dirt road adventures, will make your visit memorable.
Nestled at the foot of 3,816-foot Mount Equinox South on Route 7A you will find Manchester Village with its tranquil old-world atmosphere and Manchester Center, a shopper's paradise that is completely different from the village with its signs, sights and many shops. Manchester is also home to Hildene, Robert Todd Lincoln's 412-acre summer estate. The area is a popular four season resort and attracts many visitors and second home owners. Manchester is the largest of nine towns in the Northshire of Bennington County. Bennington County is the only county in Vermont with two county seats, (probate districts), therefore there are two courthouses, one in Manchester Village and one in Bennington, which is the largest town in the county.
Towns of SoVermont include:
Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, East Arlington, East Dorset, Glastenbury, Landgrove, Manchester, Manchester Center, Manchester Village, North Bennington, North Pownal, Peru, Pownal, Readsboro, Rupert, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, South Dorset, South Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland, West Arlington, West Rupert, Windhall, Winhall, Woodford
Information was obtained from the Vermont Department of Tourism
and various area Chamber of Commerce websites.
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