The Old First Church

The First Congregational Church of Bennington, Vermont



Image courtesy of the Kidder Smith Collection, Rotch Visual Collections, M.I.T.

Open Church Program

In addition to Sunday morning worship, the church welcomes individuals and tour groups to visit during our "Open Church" season. We are open for such visits on weekends from Memorial Day weekend to July 1, and daily from July 1 to mid-October (the end of "leaf season").

Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sundays: 1 - 4 p.m.

Volunteers will answer questions and sometimes make presentations. Postcards, note cards and other mementoes are available. Located in historic Old Bennington, we are within a short walk of both the Bennington Museum with its Grandma Moses Gallery and the Bennington Battle Monument.

Robert Frost

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 of our building in 1937, after its restoration to the original interior design. At that time, the state legislature designated the church as "Vermont's Colonial Shrine" and the cemetery, "Vermont's Sacred Acre." Frost bought two lots in 1940 for a family burial place. For more information on Robert Frost and the house where he lived in Shaftsbury, just outside of Bennington, see the Robert Frost Stone House Museum.

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