The big draw at this 130-year-old museum is the Grandma Moses Gallery. But don’t overlook the Colonial and Civil War artifacts, the Bennington flag (perhaps the oldest Stars and Stripes), Bennington pottery, and the only auto ever manufactured in Vermont.This first-rate museum is a historical gold mine and one of New England’s best kept secrets. Among its beautifully presented displays is a collection of Grandma Moses’s paintings and personal belongings. The white schoolhouse she attended as a girl is located on-site. There’s also a plethora of Bennington pottery, one of the oldest U.S. flags in existence, and a room full of historic glass including gorgeous pieces by Tiffany, Loetz, and Steuben.Did you know Brattleboro has a waterfront? It’s the Connecticut River, and this big, bright, friendly cafe makes the most of it with a two-level deck overlooking the water. Folks don’t come here just for the view: The diverse menu includes specialties such as macaroni and cheese made with Grafton cheddar and Vermont ham, buffalo and black bean chili, chicken cooked under a brick, and brick-oven pizza. The restaurant is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network and offers a children’s menu.One of Vermont’s oldest museums (1875) has a dramatic new addition and expanded displays for its collections of fine art, civil war artifacts and early colonial stuff, such as Bennington pottery, toys and furniture. A new Grandma Moses Family Heritage Gallery helps showcase its largest draw, the paintings and personal memorabilia — including schoolhouse — of America’s best-known self-taught folk artist. Open daily 9-6, June 1-Oct. 31, 9-5 Nov. 1-May 31. $6, students and seniors $5, under 12 free. WA.The big draw at this 127-year-old museum is the new Grandma Moses Family Heritage Gallery, which includes paintings and memorabilia–even the one-room schoolhouse–of the famed primitivist who lived just across the New York line. But don’t overlook the Colonial and Civil War artifacts, the Battle of Bennington flag (perhaps the oldest Stars and Stripes), Bennington pottery, and the only auto ever manufactured in Vermont. Open June 1-Oct. 31 daily 9-6, Nov. 1-May 31 daily 9-5. $6, students and seniors $5, under 12 free.High-lights include the Grandma Moses Family Heritage Gallery, featuring paintings and memorabilia of America’s favorite folk artist. Also: 19th-century Bennington pottery, Revolutionary and Civil War artifacts, the Bennington flag, and the only Vermont-built car. Open June-Oct. daily 9-6, Nov.-May daily 9-5. $6, seniors and students $5, ages 11 and under free.One of the best tributes to local history. Highlights include the Grandma Moses collection–the largest open to the public–featuring paintings and memorabilia of America’s favorite folk artist. Also: the Bennington flag, Revolutionary and Civil War artifacts, 19th-century Bennington pottery, and pressed glass. Open June-Oct. daily 9-6, Nov.-May daily 9-5. $7, seniors $6, ages 11 and under free.
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