Safford Mills Inn

Accommodations & Aperitifs

The Safford Mills Inn and Café is the oldest house in Bennington Village and was the home of the owners of the first grist mill in Vermont.  We offer three elegant & uniquely dressed guest rooms with modern amenities, and private bathrooms, as well as a comfortable and relaxing café, featuring craft cocktails, light fare and decadent desserts.


The oldest house in Bennington Village circa 1774, the inn was built by Samuel Safford, who was a Lieutenant-Colonel with the "Green Mountain Boys" during the Revolutionary War and the Battle for Bennington in 1777. The house was built across the street from what was then Benton Pond, and the site of a sawmill and the first gristmill in Vermont, built by Samuel's father Joseph Safford in 1762. It was known as Safford Mills and operated well into the 1800's.

Because we are accommodations & aperitifs, included as part of your stay, we offer a complimentary Check-in social hour from 3-6 which includes wine, beer and some light appetizers. We provide this as a unique alternative to breakfast.

And located just next door to the Inn is our Dinner Club & Lounge, The Miller's Toll, open every weekend, offering tapas, craft cocktails, beer, wine & desserts, with live entertainment on Saturdays. All of our guests receive 20% off their bill from the lounge. A link to The Miller'e Toll website is on the tab above.

Conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Bennington, we are close to shopping, restaurants and local historic attractions.  Make us your evening destination where you can unwind in our cozy common rooms before you retire for the evening.