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“historic building and grounds”

Park-McCullough House
Ranked #10 of 26 things to do in Bennington
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Park-McCullough House is the crown jewel of North Bennington, Vermont. Representing 150 years of Vermont history Park-McCullough also serves as a contemporary prism through which citizens of North Bennington and surrounding towns gather to share myriad perspectives and pleasures. The grounds are open daily, and tours are available on weekends. Additionally public programming, theatre and a music series are provided seasonally. Arguably the finest intact Victorian mansion in New England, the house was built in 1864-65 by attorney and entrepreneur Trenor W. Park (1823-1882) who amassed his fortune overseeing the California mining interests of John C. Fremont. Four generations of the family have lived on the property, including two governors, Hiland Hall and John G. McCullough. The thirty-five room mansion stands an important example of American Second Empire Style set on 200 acres in Southern Vermont. The mansion is the perfect venue for unique and memorable weddings and celebrations. Guests may tour the mansion, stroll the grounds, play games on the expansive lawns or relax on the wrap-around veranda during cocktail hour. The Carriage Barn is the perfect venue for live music, receptions and dance.
Reviewed 24 May 2013

When you visit you get a feel for what it would be like to live in a wealthy, country home in the past. The grounds are pretty and there is a walking path through the woods and fields, open dusk to dawn. Lots of people walk their dogs or jog here. They also host wedding. Make sure you walk to Powers Market for a sandwich or snack.

3  Thank Mary m
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

The Park McCullough House is a beautiful Victorian mansion with all the original furnishings, etc. The most impressive Victorian home I've ever seen. The grounds and barn are equally impressive and there is a nice trail called Mile Around Woods not far from the house which is worth taking a stroll around.

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Reviewed 14 March 2013

The PMCCH is like stepping back into the turn of the century. Just a quite fun place to visit, and we have several times over the years. Concerts, croquet and special events. THe staff is knowledgeable and courteousness. A must visit.

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Reviewed 22 December 2012

Let me start by saying back in High School I used to work as a grounds keeper at this place. The place is old and amazingly all of the original items are still in the house. You'll get to see rooms setup exactly as they were left, even down to objects in the medicine cabinets. There are some hidden passage ways that you'll not get to see in person, but having worked there I was able to explore. My favorite is the grand staircase, exactly what you'd expect in a grand old mansion of the time. Possibly the best preserved example of the 1800's in all of New England.

On the outside you'll be greeted by some beautifuly kept gardens and landscaping. There were several pools back in the day that have since been overgrown. Be sure to go in the Carriage Barn and look at all of the old horse drawn carriages of the past. Because they've been inside all these years they are in excellent condition. In the tack room you can see some of the original equipment used.

Take a close look at the granite blocks surrounding the property and you'll see 7 indentations in the center near the top used to balance and place the blocks way back when. Pretty interesting, at least to me.

Spend a few hours, walk the grounds, tour the gardens, enjoy the place. Bring a picnic lunch and eat under one of the trees on the property.

2  Thank vacatraveler12
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Reviewed 6 December 2012

Beautiful there
Nice country, different events go on there beautiful house,country setting great place for a wedding. Alot of acreage , a must see in North Bennington Vermont

Thank Deborah E
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