Molly Stark Byway
Vermont's Heritage Trail
The Molly Stark Byway, Vermont’s southern-most byway, winds its way through lowland valleys, historic villages, busy downtowns, and the spectacular Green Mountain National Forest. Named after the wife of General John Stark, who led the Colonial militia to a victory at the Battle of Bennington on August 16, 1777, the Molly Stark Byway links historic Bennington in the west, to arts-oriented Brattleboro in the east.
The region is filled with legendary Vermont names like Ethan Allen, Robert Frost, and Grandma Moses. The byway links famous monuments, unique settlements (like Woodford, the highest village in Vermont at 2,215 feet above sea level), historic districts, hiking trails, state parks, winter sports centers, lakes, streams and waterfalls. Combine outdoor pursuits with great opportunities for shopping, dining, and exploring arts and heritage, and you have more than enough good reasons to visit.
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Arts & Culture
While there are plenty of galleries to whet most art appetites, there are also exemplary museums - including the Bennington Museum (fine, folk, decorative, modern and contemporary art) and the exciting Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. For music lovers, the renowned Marlboro Music Festival attracts loyal followers and international visitors alike.
Whether it is pond or stream fishing, swimming, cycling, golf, hiking, or one of many winter activities, visitors to this region find so many ways to enjoy the outdoors. Take stock of this great location at the scenic overlook on Hogback Mountain, with its 100-mile view of three states.
History & Heritage
History runs deep in Bennington, the location of Revolutionary War events that helped defeat the British. The Bennington Monument, with its spectacular view of the region, and several local museums share this history. There’s also the Covered Bridge Museum, and for heritage of another sort, the Natural HIstory Museum in Marlboro.