Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Old First Church of Bennington, Vermont

The Old First Church, (First Congregational), the very first Protestant church built in Vermont, stands proudly on a fairly quiet, tree-studded hill in Bennington.

The grand, white building, more than 200 years old,  is quintessential New England.

The original Meeting House was constructed in 1783 and the current white church was built in 1805. It was dedicated in January of 1806. 

It's been dubbed "Vermont's Colonial Shrine."

The attractive fence that runs all the way down the sidewalk from the church and borders the nearby cemetery is what originally caught my eye.

No where have I seen a more attractive, gorgeous actually, fence.

According to information on the church's website, "much of the early history of Bennington and of Vermont took place in and around the original Meeting House..."

Hope you enjoy the photos here and, if interested, check out the church's website.

Tomorrow we are going to go inside the cemetery so if that peaks your interest, come on back!



diane.stetson said...

Thanks for the pictures..It was a great day trip!

Cranberry Morning said...

This is gorgeous. I love New England churches. I was actually in Bennington once years ago. I'd love to visit there again.

agatek said...

Hello :)
I like to visit churches, the oldest because they have a unique atmosphere, charm and magic of a bygone era. I have the impression that today's churches are cold and devoid of spirituality. This church has beautiful windows and feel calm around it. Have a nice day.

marianne said...

I have been to Vermont many times, and your pictures capture the essence of it. The old white church is beautiful against the last of the fall foliage and the fence is quite stately. It lends an air of quiet elegance to the scene.

Glad you got to have such a nice day trip with your visitor and that the weather cooperated.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I have not traveled to Vermont but I'd like there. I see in your photos of the wonderful buildings. Keep in touch

Nellie said...

Our one visit to Vermont was very brief - overnight stay in Brattleboro as we had crossed over from New Hampshire, a quick swing as we left Martha's Vineyard about three years ago. I'd love to return!

Babs said...

Peaceful place and particularly that day because there were so few people around. The sun sure made what was left of the foliage sparkle. Left lovely memories!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Wonderful Church and that white fence is GORGEOUS, especially surrounded with those Fall leaves! Beautiful photos!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I have never been to Vermont. Maybe one day. It's a lovely church and that fence is gorgeous, not to mention the lovely Autumn leaves. :) Best wishes, Tammy

Bookie said...

Yes, I love that fence too! Love Vermont and their country stores!

Chatty Crone said...

I have never been up your way, but I would love to. Never been to Vermont, but it looks so Heavenly there.

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