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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

PARK-MCCULLOUGH HOUSE


North Bennington, VT - Built as a summer cottage in 1865 for lawyer-entrepreneur-philanthropist Trenor Park and his wife Laura, the mansion was financed with a fortune amassed in California in the aftermath of the California Gold Rush. It was designed by the New York architectural firm of Diaper and Dudley and it is considered one of the finest and best-preserved Victorian houses and one of the earliest French Second Empire residences in the U.S. In 1891 President Benjamin Harrison was a guest here during the festivities surrounding the celebration of the centennial of the Vermont statehood and the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument. Former residents include two Vermont governors: Hiland Hall, Mrs. Park's father, and John McCullough, the Park's son-in-law.


Info: Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
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PARK-MCCULLOUGH HOUSE

2 Comments:

At 1:55 AM, Anonymous Last Girl On Earth said...

OK, the house itself was over the top... BUT THE PLAYHOUSE! (I could live in it if I was shorter!)

 
At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Nancy said...

The tour was fascinating and informative, and the house remarkable after all these years. You could really imagine what it must have been like to live and entertain there back in the day. The grounds are also a treat with their horses and gardens, some of the most beautiful country in Southwest VT.

 

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