Historic wrought-iron bridge erected near the Mile-Around Woods
The wooden pedestrian bridge on the trail from the Hiland Hall Gardens to the Mile-Around Woods has been replaced by a rare iron bridge. The photo above was taken on October 19 during construction of a wooden deck on the historic, wrought-iron frame. More photos of the bridge and information about its history may be found here.
For almost a century, the bridge carried traffic -- first, sleighs and buggies, then motor vehicles-- over the Walloomsac River. Erected in the 1860s, the bridge remained in service just south of the Papermill Covered Bridge until the late 1950s. Built in Boston by The Moseley Iron Bridge Works, the bridge has been stored in pieces in the Bennington Landfill since its removal from the Walloomsac crossing. Once relatively common in the region, only one other Moseley bridge is known to survive. A copy of the 1857 patent for elements of the design may be viewed here. More information about the bridge will be posted on this site after the project is completed.
Eileen Jewell and The Sacred Shakers in the Basement Music Series on Friday, December 6
Eileen Jewell returns to The Basement Music Series at the Sage Street Mill as part of The Sacred Shakers on Friday night, December 6. From acoustic country/bluegrass to rockabilly to the blues, The Sacred Shakers are purveyors of old-time country and blues gospel music.
The show starts at 8 pm, doors open at 7pm. $18 in advance (plus a processing fee)/$22 at the door/$10 student tickets. For more information about tickets, click here. For more information about the band, click here.
Interested in renting space in the Village's historic bank?
The Merchants Bank has left its historic home on Bank Street, and the facility is available for rent. See The Left Bank's new web site for more information about the possibilities!
Front Porch Forum is now available in North Bennington
The community web forum that has swept northern Vermont is now available statewide. Please go to FrontPorchForum.com and enter your street address to check it out in North Bennington and Shaftsbury.
FPF helps neighbors connect and build community by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood/town forums. The forum started in Burlington in 2006 and now serves the entire state. More than 60,000 households use FPF to find lost dogs, report car break-ins, borrow roof rakes (snow will fly soon enough!), recommend a babysitter, and more. Each community has its own distinct FPF.
Hunting policies on The Fund for North Bennington's conserved lands
The Fund owns 412 acres of land in and around North Bennington, all of which is open for public access. Some of the land is open to hunting, and walkers should take suitable precautions even on lands posted against hunting. More information here.