Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives Jun 26 1965, Page 21

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - June 26, 1965, Bennington, Vermont Ice Pond Imam a ast Arlington. Vermont in of a tick u�1 from discovery to restoration by Tyler Beech Cal pime5 motor Motel a charming i Nair conditioned throughout Large menu excellent cuisine daily specials Ellie in the candlelight lounge sat. Nites recommended by aaa. Cue Mobil guide Ai Emmons Walker serving daily breakfast dinner lunch in season Tel. 458-4267 area code 413 on it. 2 amp . 7 Williamstown mass. I he City dwellers dream of discovering gradually restoring and then retiring to an old Rural Vermont farmhouse has been fulfilled by an Arlington couple. With appropriate proportions of Luck tasteful imagination and hard work or. And mrs. Allan Pirie Robertson have turned what was once a rundown and abandoned House into a Home of Charm and character. The Robertsonsr is one of the oldest houses in Bennington county built about 1790, shortly before Vermont became a state. As a reflection of Robertson a heritage he was born in Scotland in 1897 it is now known As a the shilling a a an old gaelic expression for crofters cottage. For Many years the House belonged to the Bentley family although its ownership has Only been traced Back to 1807 and an ancestor of the late Merritt Bentley Eli Hale who came from a Over the Mountain a a meaning the Jamaica or West River Valley area. Before the Robertsons discovered it in 1952, the House had been vacant for about three decades Ever since it was bypassed by the present route 7. It is now on a dead end Lane known As a the old Bennington Road a a a fact the Robertsons Learned Only when they received their first electric Bill. A of basically a Small Plank Frame House it was Only a few stages from collapse when the Robertsons gathered up the courage to buy it. It had of course no heating or plumbing facilities. Two Beautiful old soapstone fireplaces were boarded up. And the place was full of mice that flourished on the attics quantities of wheat dust that had once apparently been used As insulation. The Robertsons unearthed the fireplaces and repaired the Central Chimney stack. They rescued most of the two foot wide and an Inch and three quarters thick vertical planks that form the Walls. And they added on a bedroom Bath and Kitchen. Mrs. Robertson describes the design As a almost a Saltbox a a so they planned the additions to retain the lean to idea of a traditional Saltbox. Robertson a retired Engineer for the Telephone company in new Jersey did All the wiring and insulation he hired local contractors to build the addition and install an Oil Burner and the plumbing. A 200-foot Well was drilled for the water Supply. More recently the tiny attic has been fixed Over into a spare bedroom and workroom. A we probably spent More on fixing this place up a a Robertson says with his Trace of scottish Burr a than we would have paid for a Brand new the results however seem Well Worth it. The exterior is a scene of idyllic Beauty Complete with an old barn gently sloping Fields and a giant Maple tree that a probably As old continued on next Page to 5ljs in a v1 air conditioned Ceramic tub and Shower a open All year swimming Pool Wall to Wall carpeting Howard Johnson s restaurant on premise close by All recreation areas of. A Superior Motel and aaa recommended browse our Complete gift shop conveniently located in the main Kelly s Motel on . 7 one mile South of Bennington Vermont 10a Bennington summer

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