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Old First Congregational Church

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Address: Bennington, VT
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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This 1805 Bennington church is where poet Robert Frost is buried.

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Superb Craftsmanship

Typical New England churches don't come much finer than this one. Beautifully conceived window tracery and a delightful lantern top a well crafted structure. The interior is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Typical New England churches don't come much finer than this one. Beautifully conceived window tracery and a delightful lantern top a well crafted structure. The interior is plain, as is the style to ensure few distractions from the service or sermon. The adjacent cemetery has some well-known names, which I won't reveal thus spoiling the fun. When leaving, take the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I stopped by during the Fall. The church is beautiful inside and out. The guides were very informative and you are allowed to walk around the church on your own to take photographs or just enjoy the beauty. Also walk through the cemetery behind the church, Robert Frost's grave can be found there. Beautiful area in the Fall.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

This is Vermont's first Congregational church and it remains independent to this day. Absolutely beautifully preserved colonial church.

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New Lenox, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

My wife and I were on a Fall Foliage Tour and our tour stopped at this church. It was an interesting church to visit. We toured the cemetery behind the church where Robert Frost is buried. Check it out if you want. They do provide a tour to explain about the church.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

On a crystal clear Autumn day there's not better thing to do than scuff thought the mounds of leaves in the graveyard reading all the ancient headstones. Find Robert Frost's grave and leave your token. Then walk up the road lined with the best examples of early 19th century homes to the Bennington Monument.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Bennington is one of the oldest towns in all of Vermont, and this street is one of the oldest settled streets in all of Vermont. The Church and Cemetery are among the most historic places in all of Vermont. The church was closed when we arrived, but the cemetery was open. I'm a fan of both Vermont History and Revolutionary... More 

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Ft Worth. TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed a recent visit to this lovely church and graveyard. Lots of history here and a delightful retired pastor and his wife to explain everything to us.

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

In many ways it is typical of many colonial churches but this has a special presence which is undeniable. Well preserved and maintained and truly enchanting. It is free to visit and you are treated to a concise but excellent explanation of the Church by lovely local people. A great place to visit.

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Shingletown, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

talk with the docent and learn the history of the area, the church and some of the folks buried in the grave yard.

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

This is a beautiful albeit a typical New England church. We enjoyed the tour of the church's interior. One of the church's members was there and was super friendly offering information about the church as well as the area. The cemetery was surrounded by beautiful fall foliage. A nice stop, glad we spent the few minutes to see it.

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