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(Its 2,857-foot (871 m) summit is just over the town line in Woodford.) In the southwest part of town is 2,350-foot (720 m) Mount Anthony, part of the Taconic Range.
Bennington experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) with cold, snowy winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The town can experience snowfall as early as October and as late as April, and the surrounding high country can receive snow as late as May.
It was granted to William Williams and 61 others, mostly from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The town was first settled in 1761 by four families from Hardwick and two from Amherst, Massachusetts.
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The town has ready access to natural resources and waterpower, and a long history of manufacturing, primarily within wood processing.The town is protected by the Bennington Police Department, which consists of 40 sworn and non-sworn officials serving the town, including the villages of Old Bennington and North Bennington. Industries related to agriculture, forestry, fishing, trade and retail, tourism, shipping by air, health care and government related jobs help shape and play a vital role in Bennington's economy.The police station's home is at 118 South Street in downtown Bennington. Bennington County, as of 2013, has 15,194 non-farm employees living or working within the county as of 2013.Although the battle took place approximately 12 miles (19 km) to the west in what is now the state of New York, an ammunition storage building located in Bennington was an important strategic target. John Stark's 1,500-strong New Hampshire Militia defeated 800 German (Hessian) mercenaries, local Loyalists, Canadians and Indians under the command of German Lt. To the west is New York State, Pownal, Vermont is to the south, Shaftsbury, Vermont is to the north and Woodford, Vermont is to the east.Due to its location in the southernmost portion of Vermont, it is geographically closer to the capital cities of Albany, Hartford, and Concord than it is to its own state capital, Montpelier.