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The Fascinating First Protestant Church in Vermont

The Old First Church • Photo Credit: Carol M. Highsmith

The Old First Church • Gathered in 1762 • First Protestant Church in Vermont

Our Fascination with New England Churches; from the perspective of architectural simplicity that’s on display at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in our tiny village of Wells, Vermont; to the grand New England simplicity seen inside The Old First Church in Bennington to the more majestic simplicity of the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

Overview & Perspective

These remarkable small-town, white buildings and church structures were largely erected by local builders without the benefit of architects. Their designs and inspiration largely came from traditional designs and pattern books, which may have contributed the essence of plainness so common in early church construction. Revered for their beauty, simplicity and elegance – early churches of New England hold a special place in our hearts as we’re all drawn to these remarkable New England towns and villages to experience this unique sense of place that broadly defines our New England character.

More About The Old First Church

The Old First Church was “gathered” on December 3, 1762, the first Protestant congregation in the New Hampshire Grants. The organizers were “Separatists,” influenced by the Great Awakening, from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, and were proprietors of the new town of Bennington.

The present church, built in 1805 and dedicated January 1, 1806. As a result, the Vermont Legislature, in 1935, designated the church as “Vermont’s Colonial Shrine”.

Robert Frost’s remains are buried in the cemetery adjacent to the church. Although he was not a member of the church, he read his poem, The Black Cottage, at the rededication in 1937. Robert Frost and the house where he lived in Shaftsbury is located just north of Bennington, see the Robert Frost Stone House Museum.

Lavius Fillmore, cousin of the nation’s thirtieth president, and the church architect, built three more churches including the Congregational Church of Middlebury that’s considered Fillmore’s masterpiece, was completed in 1809. See Pond Mountain Inn’s Fort Ticonderoga / Middlebury Day Trip Itinerary for more things to do in the area.

Most of the abbreviated content taken directly The Old First Church website.

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Vermont Day Trips From Pond Mountain Inn – Lake George New York

Lake George, nicknamed the Queen of American Lakes, is a long, narrow oligotrophic lake located at the southeast base of the Adirondack Mountains. The lake extends about 32.2 miles on a north-south axis, has depths over 250’. Take the Sightseeing Cruise aboard the Lac du Saint Sacrement, Minne Ha Ha, or the Mohican. Their first steamship started plying the waters in 1817 and travelled to the other end of the lake in about 8 hours, today in less than 3 hours.

Lake George Scenic Drive: Thirty mile drive offering beautiful lake views and a cultural throwback to the great family motels of the 40s, 50s! Follow Route 9 north from the southernmost point of the lake to about Hague, New York.

Get the complete list of the places you can visit on this day trip visit Here.

We have all seven day trip itineraries to choose from Here


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Vermont Day Trips From Pond Mountain Inn To Saratoga Springs New York

Historic Saratoga Springs Race Track was the first organized Thoroughbred horse racing track to open in the United States in 1863 making it the oldest horse racing track, and perhaps the oldest sporting venue in the nation.

Saratoga Springs is one of the Top Ten Summertime Place to visit in the northeast! This historical city is full of fascinating and eclectic shops that are easily enjoyed on foot. Experience the Food Tours, the Saratoga Casino, and the many cultural & historical activities!  Ask to see our top four favorite restaurants!

Get the complete list of the places you can visit on this day trip visit Here.

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Vermont Day Trips From Pond Mountain Inn – Vergennes Shelburne and Burlington

Pond Mountain Inn Bed and Breakfast Day Trip – Vergennes Shelburne and Burlington Itinerary

Shelburne Museum’s eighty-foot-diameter Round Barn is one of only two dozen built in Vermont. An unparalleled and unique experience of American history, art and design. Visitors will experience the pleasure of discovery and exploration that includes thirty-nine distinct structures on forty-five acres. “Like nothing you have ever experienced!”

Vergennes is the oldest and smallest city; centrally located between Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains, and the City of Burlington. Visit the local shops before heading to the Maritime Museum.

Burlington perennially appears on national rankings that laud its livability, access to nature and recreation (including the best skiing in the northeast), thriving food and music scene retains its status by “Travel + Leisure as America’s #1 College Town”.

Get the complete list of the places you can visit on this day trip visit Here.

We have all seven day trip itineraries to choose from Here

 


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Vermont Day Trips From Pond Mountain Inn – Fort Ticonderoga and Middlebury

We’re excited to share our newest adventures! You can travel the beautiful sights that surround Pond Mountain Inn with many places to visit in just one day.

This day trip itinerary is for the areas in and around Fort Ticonderoga and the town of Middlebury, each with exciting and informational places to visit in Vermont.

Fort Ticonderoga weapons demonstrations and reenactments are fascinating, but don’t miss the King’s Garden, Fort Tours, Mount Defiance (provides one of the most spectacular views in the northeast) and the Battlefield hiking trail. The Town of Ticonderoga is located in New York at the confluence of Lake George and Lake Champlain and only an hour drive from the inn. A destination that’s rich in 18th century history, Ticonderoga’s significant military role in our nation’s early history.

Middlebury, Vermont settled just after the Revolutionary War, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to Middlebury College. A can’t miss is Danforth Pewter, established in 1755 in colonial Connecticut and offers magnificent hand-crafted pewter that has been placed in the Smithsonian, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and many other American museums. Just 15 minutes down the road from Middlebury stop by a national historic landmark, The Robert Frost Farm. Robert Frost lived and wrote from his 150 acre farm in the Green Mountains in the summer and fall for 24 years until his death in 1963.

 

Complete list of places to visit for this day trip itinerary Here

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Vermont Day Trips From Pond Mountain Inn – Woodstock and Quechee

The village of Woodstock continues to be recognized by travel magazines as “the prettiest little town in America”. Rich in artisan heritage, historic charm, covered bridges, a thriving community of artists & craftsmen is just a great walking town may be our favorite of all the tours !

The photo shows an aerial view of the Billings Farm & Museum, founded by Laurance and Mary Rockefeller in 1968, was established in 1983 to preserve the historic Billings Farm as well as the character and heritage of rural Vermont.

Get the complete list of the places you can visit on this day trip visit Here.

We have all seven day trip itineraries to choose from Here.


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Vermont Day Trips From Pond Mountain Inn – Peru and Weston

Begin your day traveling from Pond Mountain Inn to visit The J.J. Hapgood General Store in Peru known as the longest continuously-running general store in the state of Vermont. It was famously featured in the 1987 film Baby Boom, staring Diane Keaton and Sam Shepard.

Then, on to Weston, another quaint New England village and home to the original Vermont Country Store . A must see is the oldest working grist mill at The Mill Museum! Over the years this mill has produced lumber, spindles, shingles and more, to eventually ground flour. See a live demonstration of how this old grist mill works! Don’t miss the out on the theatrical and cultural events coming this summer at the Weston Playhouse.

Coming Soon – The 2020 Theatre Season – Dorset Theatre Festival & Weston Playhouse schedules.

Get the complete list of the places you can visit on this day trip Here.

We have all seven day trip itineraries to choose from Here.


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Vermont Day Trips From Pond Mountain Inn – Dorset and Manchester

Dorset is quintessential Vermont; this vibrant and historic community is nestled in the hills of southern Vermont. Make sure to have lunch on the “Dorset Green”. Manchester is a historic New England town with charming covered bridges nearby, lush Green Mountains and idyllic scenery with plenty of “things to do”

One of the popular places in Manchester, VT is Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home ; Robert Todd Lincoln’s estate is set on 412 acres with spectacular views of the valley and Green Mountains. The gardens are a must see and make sure to spend time at the farm.

Get the complete list of the places you can visit on this day trip Here.

We have seven day trip itineraries to choose from Here


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Pond Mountain Inn Bed And Breakfast Vermont Day Trips

We’re excited to share our newest adventures – Pond Mountain Inn Bed And Breakfast Vermont Day Trip Itineraries! Our unique itineraries take all the guesswork out of planning each day, yet you’ll still stumble upon your own extraordinary discoveries like so many of our guests!

One of our frequent guests remarked, “The drive is as exciting as the destination itself. It’s amazing what you stumble upon along the way!”

We have seven unique day trips for you to choose from and experience the popular and off the beaten path places that are sure to delight and intrigue! Shopping, dining or just taking a stroll along one of our many covered bridges, there is so much to see and do in our surrounding area.

Day Trip – Dorset / Manchester Itinerary

Day Trip – Peru and Weston Itinerary

Day Trip – Woodstock and Quechee Itinerary

Day Trip – Fort Ticonderoga and Middlebury Itinerary

Day Trip – Vergennes Shelburne and Burlington Itinerary

Day Trip – Saratoga Springs, New York Itinerary

Day Trip – Lake George, New York  Itinerary