Arlington, Vermont was chartered in 1761 and has approximately 2,700 people and 42 square
miles. It serves as the equidistant town between Manchester and Bennington and has its own
unique identity which makes it another choice for folks considering Bennington County.
From its very beginnings when it became and independent community, despite its size with
locally grown industry such as the Hale and Hawley companies and then later, Mack Molding
which is still a dominant employer in the area.
This independence is explicitly expressed in its decision to continue its own Arlington High
School and not join the Bennington based Mount Anthony Union High School District because it
has its own Secondary School, Arlington Memorial High School, it does not offer school choice
like some of the other smaller villages in Bennington County. It also has a great library, the
Martha Canfield Library, whose niece was Dorothy Canfield Fisher Author and Activist, who
with her husband John donated the original library residence of her Aunt to Arlington with the
provision that it remain a library.
The Arlington Park and Recreation Center is amongst the best if not the best in the County and
offers, golf, tennis, swimming, volley ball, basketball, baseball, tubing on the Battenkill, a
jogging track and picnic area. It is a complete recreational area to be envied by other villages and
The Battenkill River and its tributaries offer first rate trout fishing and are filled with tubers,
kayakers and even swimmers in the summer. River Road is the Mecca alongside the Battenkill
River and is home to three covered bridges and a swimming hole with tubes to jump from
hanging from under the most westerly bridge.
Arlington remains a vibrant community with continued good employment at Mack Molding, and
Orvis located in the neighboring town of Sunderland.
Notable artists and cartoonist have lived in Arlington none more famous than Norman Rockwell
who used many local citizens in his work. Rivers, tall mountains, and history beckon you to
small town life not lacking in sophistication. Jump off to Saratoga, Bennington and Manchester
events within easy driving distance and venture just a bit further for SPAC, Tanglewood, The
Williamstown Theatre and MASS MoCA during summer events.