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Settled before the Revolution, Manchester VT was and is a summer resort, with a wide main street and handsome houses that retain the charm of the early Federal period. Now Manchester is also a popular ski destination.



Manchester, Vermont (pop. 4,400), 26 miles (42 km) northeast of Bennington and 32 miles (51 km) south of Rutland (map), is a county seat ("shire town") of Bennington County.

Surrounded by the Green Mountain National Forest, Manchester is actually two places: the small, historic, incorporated Manchester Village laid out in 1784, with its village green, county courthouse, commemorative statue; and, a five-minute walk to the north along VT Route 7A, the more modern, bustling, commercial Manchester Center with its shops, inns and restaurants.

To the west, Mount Equinox (3,850 feet/1173 meters), highest peak in the Taconic Range, looms next to the town, drawing hikers in summer and skiers in winter. To the east across the valley is Vermont's Green Mountain range.

The sprawling Equinox Hotel, right in the center of historic Manchester Village, testifies to Manchester's popularity as a summer resort in the 19th century. President Abraham Lincoln had reservations here when he was assasinated, and his son Robert Todd Lincoln built a grand family estate called Hildene here. More...

In summer, scenic walks, hikes and drives, boating and fishing are the mainstays. Fly fishers will recognize the name Orvis, a family business founded here in 1856, now the oldest mail-order retailer in the USA. Hildene has its own artisanal cheesemaker.

Manchester can also be used as a base for visits to beautiful nearby towns such as Dorset, Londonderry and Chester.

In winter, you ski: Bromley, Mount Snow, Magic Mountain, Stratton Mountain, and numerous ski-touring centers are located within a few miles of Manchester Center, including the one at Hildene.

—by Tom Brosnahan

Hildene, R T Lincoln Estate

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