A day trip to Bennington, Vermont is always a wonderful experience, but, as they say, sometimes getting there can be nearly as much fun as the final destination.
To that end, there are five stops along New York Route 67 - the primary east-west thoroughfare for Capital Region residents heading to the southern part of the Green Mountain State - that each have their own compelling story or stories to tell. If you have the time, they're well worth a visit.
Stop 1 - The Knickerbocker Mansion is just off Route 67 at 132 Knickerbocker Road in the Rensselaer County town of Schaghticoke. It is owned and operated by the Knickerbocker Historical Society, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization. Tours are held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday. Built in 1770 by Johannes Knickerbacker, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. For more information visit www.knickmansion.com.
Stop 2 - The Buskirk Bridge is a wooden covered bridge in the hamlet of Buskirk and the town of Hoosick that spans the Hoosic River. It is maintained by both Washington County and Rensselaer County. Built in 1850, it is one of 29 covered wooden bridges in New York.
Stop 3 - The Mt. Nebo Gallery at 60 Grandma Moses Road in Eagle Bridge is the studio of painter Will Moses, great-grandson of Grandma Moses. Adjacent to the Moses' home, the studio has a variety of paintings, puzzle and prints for sale. For more information visit www.willmoses.com.
Stop 4 - The Eagle Bridge Antique Center is at 152 Route 67 in Eagle Bridge. If you can't find something there to interest you, you're not looking hard enough. They're open most days from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Check them out on their Facebook page.
Stop 5 - The Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site is on Route 67 in the town of Walloomsac. The site of a Revolutionary War battle in 1777 won by the Americans, the site is open from May 1 to Veterans Day from 8 a.m. until sunset. For more information visit www.parks.ny.gov/historic-sites. (Photo by Eric Jenks: The Bennington Monument looms tall over the city as a tribute to the revolutionary war.)