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.



Safford Mills Inn and Café offers the ambiance of the past with the modern amenities of today. We are not a typical out in the country, peace & quiet kind of B&B, but more of an in-town, close to night life "A&A"...accommodations and aperitifs.

Because we are accommodations & aperitifs, included as part of your stay, we offer a complimentary cocktail hour from 3-7 which includes craft cocktails, wine and beer, accompanied by appetizers and dessert. We provide this as a unique alternative to breakfast.


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 with a martini, wine, coffee or dessert before you retire for the evening.