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Bennington County

Bennington County

Volunteers needed to provide county resources in the areas of: 

  • Homeschooling Contacts 
  • Groups/co-ops (specify religion, secular, approach or philosophy) 
  • Tutors for students or programs for parent
  • Special Needs resources
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Outdoor activities
  • Music/Art
  • Sports
  • Teachers for end-of-year assessments
  • Miscellaneous information

County Special Needs Resources: (including special ed teachers who will work with homeschoolers) 

Riley Rink

410 Hunter Park Road   

Manchester Center, VT 05255

(802) 362-0150


The Rink hosts Connections, a program of adaptive physical fitness and leisure activities for those with special needs.



Bennington Free Library:

101 Silver Street

Bennington, VT 05201

(802) 442-9051


Mark Skinner Library

48 West Road

Manchester, VT 05254

(802) 362-2607


Winhall Memorial Library:

2 Lower Taylor Hill Road

Bondville,VT 05340

(802) 297-9741


The Rupert Library:

2827 St.Rt. 153

West Rupert, VT 05776

(802) 394-2444


Solomon Wright Public Library:

97 Main Street

Pownal, VT, 05261

(802) 823-5400


Martha Canfield Library

528 East Arlington Road

Arlington, VT 05250

(802) 375-6153


John G. McCullough Free Library:

2 Main Street

North Bennington, VT 05257

(802) 447-7121


Dorset Village Library:

Route 30 on the Green at Church St

Dorset, VT 05251

(802) 867-5774


Stamford Community Library

986 Main Road

Stamford, VT 05352

(802) 694-1379


Readsboro Community Library:

301 Phelps Lane

Readsboro, VT 05350

(802) 423-5460




Bennington Museum:

75 Main Street

Bennington, VT

(802) 447-1571


The Museum is known for its large collection of Grandma Moses art and memorabilia.  The Museum also offers classes and workshops.  The Museum has a pavilion and nature trails that are open to the public free of charge.

Bennington Center for the Arts, Covered Bridge Museum

Route 9 West Road at Gypsy Lane

Bennington, VT 05201

(802) 442-7158


The Museum explores the history and legends of covered bridges.  Visitors can build and test their own bridge designs and plan a tour of Vermont's covered bridges.


Robert Frost Stone House Museum:

121 Historic 7A

Shaftsbury, VT 05262

(802) 447-6200


Robert Frost’s home from 1920 to 1929.   The website includes a suggested lesson plan.

Bennington Battle Monument:

15 Monument Circle

Old Bennington, VT 05201

(802) 447-0550


The Monument commemorates the Battle of Bennington, which took place during the Revolutionary War.



1005 Hildene Road

Manchester, VT 05254

(802) 362-1788


Hildene was built in 1905 by Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Visitors can tour the home, garden, trails, woods and farm.  Hildene sponsors an annual Lincoln Essay Competition and offers a variety of educational programs.  Call or write to Diane Newton, 802-367-7965; dianenewton@hildene.org, for more information.


Outdoor activities:


1005 Hildene Road

Manchester, VT 05254

(802) 362-1788


Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on 8 km of walking trails.  Rentals available for children and adults at the Ski Pavilion adjacent to the Welcome Center.  Lessons are also available by appointment.

Woodford State Park:

142 State Park Road

Bennington, Vermont 05201

(802) 447-7169


The Park has a campground, hiking trails and a beach.  Rowboats, canoes and kayaks are available for rent.

Emerald Lake State Park:

65 Emerald Lake Lane

East Dorset, Vermont 05253

(802) 362-1655


The Park has a campground, beach and hiking trails.  Swimming and fishing are permitted.

Dorset Swimming Hole

Route 30

Dorset,  VT 05251

Former marble quarry.


Music/Art:  include private instructors

Oldcastle Theatre Company:

331 Main Street

Bennington, VT 05201

(802) 447-0564


In addition to theatrical productions, the Theatre offers a variety of educational programs.

Summer Sonatina

5 Catamount Lane

Old Bennington, VT 05201


Camps including private piano lessons; classes in music theory, history and sight reading; and performances.

Vermont Arts Exchange

Sage Street

North Bennington, VT 05257

(802) 442-5549


Offers art camps and classes, art exhibitions and live musical performances.

Northshire Performing Arts

3390 Route 30, Ste. 1

Dorset, VT 05251

(802) 867-4146


Theatrical productions.


Sports:  include private instructors

Bennington Recreation Center

655 Gage Street

Bennington, VT 05201-2002

(802) 442-1053


The Center offers a pool, cardio and weight training equipment, multi-purpose rooms, basketball courts, tennis courts, a volleyball court and softball fields.  Swim lessons, including a slot designated for homeschoolers, and summer youth programs are available.

Riley Rink

410 Hunter Park Road   

Manchester Center, VT 05255

(802) 362-0150


The Rink offers hockey, skating and indoor soccer programs.