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BRIANA LYONS / THE YELLOW NOTE

In a quiet and bucolic clearing on West Road in the historic district of Old Bennington , a charming and sophisticated sanctuary beckons discerning travelers in search of a remarkable and restful retreat . The Four Chimneys Inn has a rich and storied past , and its future is looking brighter than ever . Current owners Lynn and Pete Green work diligently on a daily basis to create an oasis of countrified tranquility that gracefully preserves its legacy , providing exemplary service for guests of all tastes and preferences . Integrating old-world aesthetic sensibilities with contemporary comforts , they offer an elegant lodging experience that is both unique and memorable .

The Four Chimneys Inn was first built in 1783 . Originally , it served as the residence of Reverend David Avery , the second pastor of Bennington ’ s Old First Church . Due to the fact that Reverend Avery was unable to manage the upkeep of the property , he eventually sold it to Nathaniel Brush , a local politician who had nobly fought in the Battle of Bennington . After Brush fell on hard times , he converted the property into a boarding house in the early 19th century . In 1870 , the boarding house was purchased by a Troy , New York-based businessman named Tom Saxton , who restored the property to its original state . After a tragic fire burned the mansion down to its foundation in 1910 , Philip Jennings acquired the estate . He then
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