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G.E.P. Dodge Library - Bennington, NH
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
N 43° 00.064 W 071° 55.392
19T E 261731 N 4765080
Quick Description: Dating from 1860 with a collection of 235 books, George Edward Payson Dodge donated the money in 1906 for the present library which serves the small village of Bennington, New Hampshire.
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Date Posted: 5/7/2007 7:33:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM1H06
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
Views: 74

Long Description:

In 1860 a group of resident women founded the Bennington Circulatory Library and for 20 years acquired and maintained a collection of 235 books that were held in various private homes. In March 1880 the town voted to establish the Bennington Town Library and from 1880 until 1906 the library operated from what is now the restroom at the Bennington Town Hall.

In 1906 George Edward Payson Dodge, at the request of his aunt, presented the town with $8,000 to build a library on Main Street that to this day serves as the town library. The library was dedicated on August 1, 1906 and has since been known as the G.E.P. Dodge Library.

George Edward Payson Dodge was born in Bennington in 1839, the son of George Dodge. As a child he moved to Lancaster, Massachusetts, then to Boston, Massachusetts and finally to Chicago where he and two others established the Phelps Dodge & Palmer wholesale boot and shoe company. The library's bronze doors were given to the library in memory of Mr. Dodge by his partner Mr. Phelps.


Bennington is located in the southwest portion of New Hampshire along the Contoocook River, in the shadow of Crotched Mountain, at 660 feet above sea level in Hillsborough County, in the Monadnock region. The main routes of access serving Bennington are NH State routes 31, 47 and 202.

Bennington was formed in 1842 from a mill area called Society Land that was shared by the towns of Hancock, Greenfield and Francestown. Bennington has been a mill town before and since its incorporation. The operating mill in Bennington today is the Monadnock Paper Mill.

Classification of Library: Public Library (Open to all)

Internet access available: Yes - Library Terminal: Register with Library Clerk to use

Hours of Operation:

Approximate date of opening.: 08/01/1906

Library Website: [Web Link]

Additional Internet Connection Options: Not listed

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