A Look Inside the Walloomsac Inn

When you see an “abandoned” (or sometimes more accurately “neglected” house, it is natural to wonder what it looks like inside. We ask ourselves: Who lives there? Who lived there? What happened to it? And we sigh, Oh it must have been beautiful. What a shame.

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The Walloomsac Inn, January 2011.

The Walloomsac Inn, featured in 2011 on Preservation in Pink, is one of those properties that creates intrigue for all who see it. Some have memories of the house. Others are simply curious. Locals often have the best insight, as to who owns the property and why it’s been neglected. The Walloomsac Inn is not abandoned, or at least portions of it are not.

Read through the numerous comments on the original post for stories from guests and local Bennington residents, and questions from others. You’ll see ongoing conversations between Stuart Clough, a woman named Donna, and myself, as well as others. Stuart and his wife visited the Congregational Church across the street from the Walloomsac Inn, where they found a booklet written about the history of the Walloomsac Inn. This booklet was made in conjunction with the owners of the Inn for people to view. Many people are curious about the Inn, and the owners would rather not have people knock on the door of their now-private residence, understandably so.

Thank you to Stuart for making copies of the book and sharing those images with all of us so we can “visit” the Inn.

Perhaps these will spark more photographs from other, and memories? Please note that these images are scans of photocopies. I’ve done my best at editing the images for better contrast. But, they give a taste of the interior of the Walloomsac Inn!

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walloomsac dining room

walloomsac parlor

walloomsac stairs

walloomsac bed

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Because Stuart sent along these photos, it inspired me to search for the Walloomsac Inn in the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation’s resource files, now online at www.orc.vermont.gov.

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The Walloomsac Inn as seen in 1974. Source: Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, State Register of Historic Places, Bennington Vol. I. 

The Walloomsac Inn is listed in the State Register of Historic Places as part of the Old Bennington Historic District. Read it here, and scroll to page 95. The Old Bennington Historic District National Register nomination can be read here (see Section 7, page 22).

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Walloomsac Inn and Congregational Church as seen in 1974. Source: Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, State Register of Historic Places, Bennington Vol. I. 

And, below is the architectural description from the Old Bennington Historic District National Register Nomination.

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Note that this 1983 nomination describes the inn as being in “very deteriorated condition,” which is a different impression than just 9 years earlier for the State Register. And you can read a note from the Bennington Museum, explaining that the Berry family would like privacy. Please remember, that the Walloomsac Inn is a private residence; no trespassing on the property!  

I hope you’ve enjoyed these images. Do you have any photographs of the Walloomsac Inn from your travels?

Thank you to Stuart Clough for going to great efforts to find and scan these photographs, and especially for sharing them with all of us.

 

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7 thoughts on “A Look Inside the Walloomsac Inn

  1. Stuart Clough says:

    Very nice Kaitlin.
    Many times over the last couple years, I was ready to give up. It is because of your postings and the other good people that I have met on here that I kept going. A lot of people (my wife included) think I am just a little obsessed with this property. There are a lot worse things in life to be doing with my time than chasing this dream.
    I am hoping to make one more trip to Bennington before the Winter really sets in. Searsburg Mtn can be a bear in the winter. If I have the good fortune of locating more photos, I will be passing them on.
    Again, this site is great. Keep up the good work.

    • Phil ashworth says:

      Stuart
      I wrote you sometime ago about my wife and I and our one night honeymoon at the Wollomsac in back in 1968. I’ve just now discovered the pictures that you posted of the interior. Thanks for doing that. We took no pictures nor did we explore the Inn on that one night there so long ago.
      A suggestion about copying old photographs. Though you may already know this. I have made some amazingly good copies by using a handheld iPhone six. In a couple of cases I also scanned the same image and surprisingly the handheld iPhone shot was actually better. The phone is very good at handling irregular light.
      Good luck on your continuing history adventures!

      Sincerely ,

      Phil Ashworth
      Lenoir City ( near Knoxville) TN

  2. jane says:

    The Bennington Historical Society prepared a presentation for the Tunbridge Fair in 1985 with the help of Mrs. Berry, the owner of the Inn. She shared her photographs and knowledge of the Inn.
    The presentation was copied with permission of the Bennington Historical Society by the Bennington Old First Church which is directly across the green from the Walloomsac Inn. The church is open (10am – 4 pm, daily) in season; the volunteers who welcome visitors are often asked about the Inn. The booklet of about 15 pages helps people see the Inn without disturbing the privacy of the current owners, they do live there.

    The Welcome Center on Rte 279, the Bennington By-Pass, also may have a copy of the booklet to share with the curious.

    • Kaitlin says:

      That is great to know, Jane. Many thanks! I’m sure some people do intrude on the property. Perhaps they’ll find this and know that they can see photographs of the interior somewhere else.

  3. jane says:

    I should have added that the photographs shown here are reproductions of the pictures from the Tunbridge Fair presentaton.

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