Gilded Age Vermont

Wasp Automobile, 1925
Karl Hamlin Martin (1888-1954)

Bennington was a center of industrial innovation in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Manufacturing concentrated on pottery, textiles, and precision metal tools and machines, including the only automobile made in Vermont. The wealth created through manufacturing allowed a luxurious lifestyle for the mill owners. The museum’s collection ranges from patent models to fine paintings and Tiffany glass.

Woman in White (Grace Hatch), 1906
Lorenzo Hatch (1856-1914)
Oil on canvas
May Suydam Palmer, 1901
Fredrick W. MacMonnies (1863-1937)
Oil on canvas
Bradford Mill Interior, ca. 1915
Gelatin print
Millefiori Vase, ca. 1905
Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)
Made by Tiffany Studios (1893-1931)
Presentation Vase, 1878
Union Porcelain Works
Birdcage, 1889-1890
Joseph Drohat (1837-1917) and his three sons:
Adolph (b. 1873), Joseph Jr. (b. 1875) and Charles (b. 1877.)
Snow’s Patent Water Wheel Governor Model, ca. 1870-1910
Patented 1868 by H.D. Snow,
made by the Enos Adams Company