Manchester, Vermont is located in the southwestern part of the state, between Bennington and Rutland on Route 7, and nestled at the foot of Mount Equinox (the highest mountain in Bennington County). The centerpiece of the village is the Equinox Resort, established in 1769. Summer temperatures average around 61 degrees Fahrenheit and winter temperatures are around 28 degrees.
Manchester has a long and rich history. The town was chartered in 1761 and by the mid 1800s it was a popular vacation destination. Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, owned a summer estate there called Hildene (which is now open to the public). The town has seen a variety of industries, including iron mines, marble mills and lumber companies. The Orvis Company (supplier of fly-fishing and other outdoor gear) was founded in Manchester in 1856.
Recreation and Attractions
Manchester Center is home to the Manchester Designer Outlets. Manchester is also convenient to three different ski areas: Bromley Mountain, Stratton Mountain and Magic Mountain. Events include the Hildene Fall Arts Festival (October), Manchester Antique & Classic Car Show (June), Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival (August), Summer Concerts on the Green (July & August), and Winter Wonderland Tours (January & February). Other attractions include the Frog Hollow Craft School, Southern Vermont Arts Center, American Museum of Fly Fishing, West River Farmers Market, and the Dutton Farm Stand & Sugar House. There is also plenty of fine dining available in the Manchester area.
Single family homes in Manchester start at around $450,000 and top out at about $2.5 million. Condos generally range from $400,000 to about $700,000.
Photo of Hildene by dbking.