The First Congregational Church of Bennington, also known as the Old First Church, is a historic church at 1 Monument Circle in Old Bennington, Vermont. The congregation was organized in 1762 and the current meeting house was built in 1805. The building, one of the state's best examples of Federal period religious architecture, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.Description and historyThe Old First Church occupies a prominent position facing the green in the center of Old Bennington, at the junction of Monument Avenue and Church Lane near the southern end of the green. It is a two story rectangular wood frame structure, with a projecting entry vestibule and multi-stage tower. The gabled roof has a modillioned eave, and the exterior is finished in wooden clapboards with quoined corners. The entry vestibule is also gabled, with two round-arch entrances flanking a larger central entrance, which is topped by a rounded transom and gable. The second level of the vestibule has a large Palladian window with broken pediment above, and there is a half-round window in the pediment above. The tower has pilastered corners, with a smaller Palladian window in the first stage, an open second stage octagonal belfry, and an octagonal cupola at the top.The church congregation was organized in 1762, and its first meetinghouse was built in 1766. Due to increased participation, this building, with a seating capacity of six hundred fifty, was built in 1805, funded by the sale of pews and local levies. It was designed by builder Lavius Fillmore, who apparently borrowed heavily from Plate 35 of Asher Benjamin's The Country Builder's Assistant.Old Bennington CemeteryThe adjacent cemetery Old Bennington Cemetery, also known as Old First Church Cemetery or Old First Congregational Church Cemetery, was designated by the Vermont legislature as "Vermont's Sacred Acre".By using our Bennington trip maker website, you can arrange your visit to The Old First Church and other attractions in Bennington.
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We passed by on a Sunday afternoon and the church was opened. We loved the bright looking white interior with it's box pews and we enjoyed talking to the guide. The church has a small gift area...
We passed by on a Sunday afternoon and the church was opened. We loved the bright looking white interior with it's box pews and we enjoyed talking to the guide. The church has a small gift area... more »
Old First Congregational Church is just what one would expect a New England Church to look like. It is in a lovely area in a quiet section of the town.
Old First Congregational Church is just what one would expect a New England Church to look like. It is in a lovely area in a quiet section of the town. more »
I was here once when I came to visit Bennington monument, it's literally down the street from the site. I loved the church and graveyard. For how old this church is, it's been cared for a great deal. Of the people who are buried here, of course it's none other than Robert frost, the famous poet there is also some person who was aboard the titanic. This church has great history.
A beautiful cemetery holding the remains of revolutionary war soldiers and every war since. Robert Frost and family is there also.
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