This is a town in Bennington County in the state of Vermont. One of two shire towns or county seats is located here, the other one is at Manchester. In terms of population, it is the largest town in southern Vermont. This town has ready access to a large number of natural resources and waterpower, with a long history of manufacturing, primarily based on wood processing. It is also nationally recognized for its pottery, iron, and textiles. Bennington experiences a humid continental climate with cold, snowy winters and also simultaneously warm to hot and humid summers. Bennington College and Southern Vermont College are four-year, liberal arts college with a career-directed curriculum. Bennington currently has a number of four K-12 public elementary schools.