Community Life

Prospect Street Writers House provides the time, space, and tranquility for writing, while striving to foster literary community. To maintain a relaxed and productive atmosphere, the House has established the following Community Life guidelines.

Coming and Going
Try to time your arrival after 3pm and your departure before 11am.

COVID-19
All residents must provide proof of two vaccinations and booster, i.e., the document itself or a reasonable facsimile. We also ask for a negative COVID test 36 hours prior to arrival. 

Security
Each resident receives the key code for the main entrance. Individual room keys are available.

Accessibility
The entry and entire first floor of Prospect Street are on grade, with an ADA accessible bedroom with ensuite bathroom in the Gray Suite. The second floor contains no programming space.

Quiet and Social Hours
During the hours of 9am to 5pm every day, and 10pm to 7am every night, the house is quiet for writing. There are as many places in Prospect Street for casual conversations as there are places to read or write. This is not a monastery; there is sure to be modest hubbub in the common areas at most times, certainly at lunchtime. Evening readings or other optional organized gatherings are often available at the College or Park McCullough House.

Dinner and Personal Food
A sit-down house dinner at 6:30pm is served weekdays. Each resident will be asked about any dietary preferences, allergies, or restrictions and an effort will be made to accommodate them.

Residents supply their own food items for breakfast and lunch. These meals can be stored and prepared in the suite kitchenettes which provide a mini-fridge, sink, toaster oven, hot plate, coffee maker, and teapot. All personal food must be removed from the suites upon departure.

Kitchen
The house kitchen is closed overnight from 9pm to 7:30am. No resident may use the stove, appliances, or kitchen space during this time.

Alcohol & Smoking
Responsible alcohol use is permitted. No smoking, incense, or open flame of any kind is permitted within Prospect Street. Smokers may use the smoking porch or the house grounds. Please don’t smoke in front of the main entrance.

Guests & Pets
Meal and overnight guests are not permitted. For day visits, notify the Residency Director. With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted within or on the grounds of PSWH.

Dismissal
Prospect Street reserves to right to dismiss without refund any resident who will not abide by the Community Life guidelines.

Linens 
Simple housekeeping services and fresh linens & towels are available.

WiFi and Printer
Dedicated WiFi is available throughout Prospect Street. A public printer can be found in the Donald Hall.

Travel to Prospect Street
Prospect Street Writers House is located at 20 Prospect Street, North Bennington, VT, 05257. Major airlines serve Albany, NY and Hartford, CT. Amtrak serves Albany, NY and Brattleboro, VT. Regular buses (https://www.vttranslines.com) to Bennington leave Albany airport, the bus station, and Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak. Plan accordingly. Call Prospect Street, 646.369.0682 or 802.681.6387 and we’ll pick you up at the Bennington bus station. An Uber from Albany costs about $75. By car, estimated travel times are 3½ hours from Boston, 4 hours from New York City, 4 hours from Montreal, and 5 hours from Philadelphia.