Historic Map - Bennington, Vermont - 1887

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Panoramic view map of Bennington, Vermont, published in 1887. 

Established in 1749, Bennington was originally named for Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire, who first chartered the city. Bennington's history is forever linked to the success of the American Revolution when the "Green Mountain Boys", a local citizens militia group led by Ethan Allen, were part of the pivotal "Battle of Bennington", held on August 16, 1777, that was soon followed by the British surrender. The battle was considered to be a "turning point in the Revolution".

Natural resources and water power led to the development of mills from the time of settlement. Following the American Civil War, the textile industry reached its height in Bennington. Pottery, lumber, and iron works were also rapidly developing industries in Bennington after the war. This map captures the city as it appeared before the mills began to leave town and Bennington's manufacturing base diversified.

Features numbered & lettered references to the following locations:

Baptist Church.
Congregational Church.
Methodist Church.
Episcopal Church.
French Roman Catholic Church.
Graded School.
Free Library Hall.
County Court House.
New York, Rutland & Montreal Rail Road Station.
Bennington & Rutland Rail Road Station.
Soldiers' Home.
Putnam House.
Stark House.
Bennington Woolen Mills.
Enos Adams' Machine Works.
Putnam's Novelty Works.
Edward Norton & Co.'s Pottery.
Stark Knitting Co.'s Mills.
Bennington Knitting Mills.
Cooper's Machine Shop.
Bennington Full Fashioned Knitting Mill.
Bennington Machine Works.
E. Tiffany & Son's Machine Shop.
Tiffany Bros.' Knitting Mills.
Paper Box Works.
H. E. Bradford & Co.'s Knitting Mills.
Brown's Machine Shop.
Drying Board Manufactory.
G. Rockwood & Co.'s Knitting Mills.
Furnace Brook Planing Mill & Factory.
Novelty Works & Electric Light Station.
Hoadley's Novelty Works.
Monument Knitting Mills.
Congregational Church, Bennington Cen.
Roman Catholic Church.
Bennington Battle Monument.
The Morgan Spring.

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