Park–McCullough Historic House, Bennington

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The Park–McCullough Historic Governor's Mansion is one of the finest and best-preserved Victorian mansions in New England. It is a thirty-five room mansion, set on 200 acres (80 hectares) of grounds, and located off Vermont Route 67A in North Bennington, Vermont, USA.
The house was built in 1864–65 by attorney and entrepreneur Trenor W. Park (1823–1882), who was born in nearby Woodford, Vermont but amassed his fortune overseeing the mining interests of John C. Fremont in California. It was designed by Henry Dudley, a prolific New York architect of the popular firm of Diaper and Dudley. The house cost $75,000 and the family moved in on Christmas Day, 1865. His descendants made extensive renovations to the house in 1889–90, largely in order to entertain President Benjamin Harrison who had come to town to dedicate the new Bennington Battle Monument.

The Park–McCullough Historic Governor's Mansion is an important example of an American country house in the Second Empire Style. It also incorporates architectural features of the Romantic Revival style popular at the time.

The house is now owned by a non-profit organization and is open to the public.

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  • It was a rainy day on our stay and we were looking for something to do. If you love old house/mansions this place is for you. I loved the fact that mostly everything is original, right down to the...  more »
  • Two wonderful older women gave us a first-hand tour of this grand 32-room mansion that features a dining room set for the visit of President Benjamin Harrison  more »

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