GLASTENBURY

Bennington Co., VT

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Gary B. Speck

 

ALL THAT REMAINS of this old class B farming town on the Appalachian Trail, ten AIR miles northeast of Bennington, are cellar holes and rubble.At one time there was a hotel, charcoal kilns and a railroad line.

 

The town was chartered in 1761, and it grew slowly, with only 53 folks living here in 1840.It grew slowly, and in 1880 reached its peak of 241 people.By the 1930s it had faded and was classified as a ghost town.In 1980, the census showed 3 people, and in the 1990 census 0.

 

Because the altitude was a little higher than surrounding towns, the buckwheat, corn, oats, potatoes and rye didnít do as well.Sheep were also raised and the local maples tapped for syrup.Local trees were harvested and burned for charcoal, which was used in the local iron forges.By 1872 a train was run from Glastenbury to Bennington to ship the charcoal and other products.A decade later the trees were gone and the charcoal industry died out.

 

People left, and by 1930 only seven remained.In 1937 the town was officially disbanded, and the former town is now being reclaimed by nature.

 

If you do visit Gastenbury PLEASE respect the rights of nearby residents and follow the Ghost Townerís Code of Ethics.†††

This was our Ghost Town of the Month for February-March, 2007.

 

 

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