Inside Bennington Museum's collection: Wedding Dress

Gift of Mrs. C. Cushman Wellington

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When Caroline Cushman (1885-1985) married Townsend Wellington in 1910, her wedding was a huge social event (it was described in detail on the front page of the Bennington Banner). Marriage was not an economic necessity for most women in the 20th century as it had been in the 1800s. Caroline continued to work in the family business, arranging the displays in the Stone House, across from the H.T. Cushman Company factory in North Bennington. The tradition of white wedding gowns was established by Queen Victoria's simple and elegant gown in 1840.

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