Bennington is a mix of historic Vermont village (Old Bennington), workaday town (Bennington proper) and college town (North Bennington). It is also home to the famous Bennington Battle Monument, which commemorates the crucial Battle of Bennington during the American Revolution.
Nestled in the upper Deerfield River valley, Wilmington is the gateway to Mt Snow, one of New England's best ski resorts and an excellent summertime mountain-biking and golfing spot. Many restaurants and stores cater to families, who are the resort's main clientele. Wilmington was clobbered with massive flooding during Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.
This village 8 miles west of Brattleboro is pretty but unremarkable: a white church, a white inn, a white village office building and a few white houses. It's a short distance off the so-called Molly Stark Trail (VT 9), a road named for the wife of General Stark, the hero of the American Revolution's Battle of Bennington.