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.

All residents, staff, and guests must be vaccinated and boosted. We ask you to take sensible precautions for several weeks prior to minimize your exposure. Our experience has been that commonsense carries the day. We also ask for a picture of a negative COVID test 36 hours prior to arrival. In-house COVID tests are available.

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

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

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. Please alert us to any mobility issues.

Quiet and Social Hours
During the hours of 9am to 5pm every day, and 10pm to 7am every night, the house is quiet. 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.

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 and cannabis use is permitted. No smoking, incense, or open flame of any kind is permitted within Prospect Street. Smokers may use the smokers porch or the house grounds. Please don’t smoke in front of the main entrance or on the front porch.

Guests & Pets & Weapons
Overnight guests are not permitted. Weapons of any sort are not permitted. With the exception of licensed service animals, pets are not permitted within or on the grounds of PSWH.

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

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. 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. From NYC – Book straight through to Bennington on Greyhound and Amtrak. Arriving at Albany airport? Regular bus service to Bennington can be booked via We’ll pick you up at the Bennington bus station if you let us know (646.369.0682 or 802.681.6387). An Uber from Albany costs about $75. Ubers to Albany are nearly impossible to book, however, there are local car services available.