Mark Skinner Library Transformed!

Silver Fork Re-Opens!

Five years after the Manchester Community Library vacated the Mark Skinner Library building for its exciting new location, the former library building in Manchester Village is finally coming back to life.

This important historic building originally opened in 1897 and has long been a Manchester landmark. The new Silver Fork Restaurant is now open for patrons in the fully restored and re-imagined space. The artful restoration and interiors by Lu French honor the original architecture with a Mid-Century Modern emphasis highlighting the 1964 Shepley Bullfinch addition. This project could not have been possible without the dedication and assistance of many talented people.

We owe deep thanks to Architect Bill Badger; Engineer Frank Parent; Richard Farley of Wood & Signs; High-Tech Plumbing; Mattice Electric; Ed Swanson; Carrie Chalmers; Matt Harding and Tom Steiger. We are especially grateful to Brian Kelly of All Square Construction as well as the VT Agency for Commerce & Community Development, the Southern Vermont Art Center and it’s Artists; the Town of Manchester; the Bank of Bennington and the offices of the Village of Manchester.

Shawn Harrington of the Manchester Historical Society has been invaluable in his research and advice as we focused on the preservation of this important landmark.

Chef/Owners Mark & Melody French are thrilled to welcome you to this stunning new location that allows this critical building to remain relevant for many more decades to come. We are grateful for the strong community support and encouragement. See you at the old library!
Best, Clark & Lu French