stories and voices of north bennington


The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. This gothic tale became an immediate American classic on publication in The New Yorker in 1948, and has been a staple of anthologies ever since. It was written in North Bennington, but what does it tell us about the village?

 The 'Syrup, Salt and Vinegar' columns of Elizabeth M. Dwyer. This selection of essays provides a vivid look at the Village in the 1960s, and at Vermont life and issues of the times.

The Store and Other Stories of North Bennington by Lawrence F. Powers. This volume of village stories by Larry Powers quickly went through its first printing in 2003. His second volume, published in 2010, is available by sending a check for $20 payable to Mr. Powers at One Frederick Street, North Bennington, Vermont 05257. We post two stories from the first volume here. The full collection provides a rich and humorous look at North Bennington in the 20th century. To see Kevin Bubriski's photographic portrait of Larry Powers, please click here.

The life and times of Hiland Hall. The long life of Hiland Hall illuminates the history of the Village of North Bennington, the State of Vermont and of our nation. This section of the web site features Hall's own writings about North Bennington and Vermont in the 18th century, and links to a biography of Hall by Tyler Resch.

And so, this is the world that I was born into. Chapter 2 of Polly Simmons Williams' delightful memoir Short Berry Cake. This chapter describe life in the village in the 1920s and early 1930s, and contains many photographs of the era.

The music of Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen. Steve's song "When Leaves First Fall" describes The Mile-Around Woods as part of a traditional love song rooted in season and place. Steve and Cindy's accompanying video shows images of Paran Creek and other village landscapes.