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Bennington, Vermont; Robert Frost, the 20th century Pulizer Prize winning American poet, is buried in the graveyard adjacent to the Old First Church.

Old First Church: The present sanctuary, completed in 1805, is the first church built in Vermont that reflects the separation of church and state. Prior to this time, churches shared a “meetinghouse” building with the local government. With the Old First Church, government would have no role in the maintenance of the church's building or ministry; and the church would be free to support and direct its own work. The townspeople hired the noted church architect, Lavius Fillmore, as builder. He was a nephew of an early church member here and cousin of the nation's 13th President.

The cost of the building was $7,793.20, raised almost completely from the sale of the first floor pews. The upper pews were called the Free Gallery, and provided seating for visitors and young people.

The exterior corner decorations are wood blocks, meant to resemble the stone of European churches.

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