Bennington, VT

Seat of justice together with Manchester. It was named form Benning Wentworth, who, in 1749, was the royal governor of New Hampshire.  It is drained by branches of Hoosick river, which afford good water power.  Marble, iron ore and yellow ochre are found here.  The principle village is on elevated ground, and makes a good appearance.  A Little to be east is a considerable manufacturing village.  In 1777, General Stark, with 800 Americans, defeated a superior British force, on the west border of this town.