Sketches of Historic Bennington


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  • ISBN-13: 9780559759314
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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THE HISTORIC WALLOOMSAC The historic Walloomsac, as it glides slowly and then swiftly through the east part of Bennington, is only one among the many little rivers which every New England boy in his own home has learned to love. But to the Bennington boy, although many delightful hours are associated with this beautiful stream, yet the historic association makes it doubly dear, for on its banks that glorious 16th of August was fought the battle which brought honor and victory to our brave Bennington men. Its name, Walloomsac, originated from a Dutch word, Wallumschaik, the termination " chaik " signifying scrip or patent; the whole word meaning Wallum's patent, the name of a grant of several acres of land in Bennington, alleged to have been granted by New York about ten years before the charter under New Hampshire. The grant bore the date June 15, 1739. On its banks, a short distance from where itissues from Safford's Pond, stands the house of Mr. William Morgan, built by his great-grandfather, Colonel Samuel Safford, of Revolutionary fame. It contains many relics of great value, and is one of the few houses of Revolutionary days which has been carefully preserved. On the walls of its sunny library hangs, framed, a letter from General Washington to Colonel Safford, which is highly treasured by his descendants living in this old home, one of the most attractive in our town. Below the Soldiers' Home are three bridges, whose names are associated with favorite localities of ours in our younger days. They were in close proximity to each other, and were called " Meach Hole," "Governor Robinson," and "Old Red" Bridge. From the dam near the Bennington and Rutland Railway passenger station,the river winds through the lower part of the village down past the mammoth woolen mill ...
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