Inside Bennington Museum's collection: Old Lime Kilns, c. 1935

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In addition to being a painter, Horace Brown was also a Vermont legislator. His love of the Green Mountain State's bucolic landscape is evidenced not only by his paintings, but also by the fact that he spearheaded legislation that effectively banned the use of large roadside billboards in Vermont. Many of Brown's paintings, including "Old Lime Kilns," feature subject matter that directly reflects Vermont's real or imagined identity. Limestone deposits provided the raw materials for one of Vermont's important early industries. Lime was made by baking limestone until it could be crumbled into a powder. The stone structures that dot the rolling hills in the mid-ground are the kilns were the stone was cooked.

While the Bennington Museum is closed, we invite you to explore our online database, https://bennington.pastperfectonline.com/, found on our website under Collections/Research. And be sure to tune into our Tours at Ten on the Museum Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/benningtonmuseum/, for great programming about our collection, galleries, history, and so much more. We also welcome your ideas and suggestions. Send them to ideas@benningtonmuseum.org

The museum will be re-opening July 3. Hours will be Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1 to 6 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Fridays. We hope to see you soon.

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