Vermont's southwest corner's geographic designation may be Bennington County but in recent years residents and visitors have branded this beautiful region nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountains as The Shires of Vermont. It has the unusual distinction of having two shire towns, historically referred to as county seats. Anchored by Bennington, the South Shire, and Manchester, the North Shire, it is a collective of 15 quintessential Vermont towns and villages connected by a scenic ribbon of highway known as Historic Route 7A. Surrounded by mountains and enriched by the waters of the famous Batten Kill that runs through the valley, The Shires has historically been a popular four season destination for those seeking the authentic Vermont experience. And it is within a 4 hour drive from New York City, Hartford, Boston, Northern New Jersey and Canada.
Already united by a common sense of place, history and culture the region also possesses abundant recreational resources, a proud agricultural heritage and a robust entrepreneurial spirit. A wide range of culinary, lodging and shopping experiences await curious travelers along our highways, byways, country roads, on mountainsides and busy mainstreets. The people of The Shires of Vermont look forward to welcoming you someday soon to this place we call home. We believe you will find us to be ...So Vermont. So near.
Also take a moment to look through our Media page. There are The Shires of Vermont brand logos and a number of photographs available for download and use.
The "Shires of Vermont" painting by Will Moses
As a fourth generation member of the renowned Moses family, painting is a natural tradition for Will, who began painting when he was four years old. Today, Will continues to carry on the family tradition. Although his style is reminiscent of that of his celebrated great-grandmother, it is more complex and sophisticated. Will's painting "The Shires of Vermont" celebrates the historic, cultural, and scenic beauty of our region.
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