Where does the lottery take place in Shirley Jackson's short story The Lottery?

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Very little information regarding the locale is provided in Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” beyond the author’s reference to it as “this village, where there were only about three hundred people.”  The action takes place in the town square, and it is summer, specifically, June 27, a “clear and sunny” day.  Beyond that, Jackson leaves it up to the reader’s imagination to conjure images of the story’s setting.  What is known about Shirley Jackson, however, allows for informed speculation.  While she was born and raised in California, she and her husband, Stanley Hyman, moved to Bennington, Vermont, where he served on the faculty of the local college, in 1940.  “The Lottery” was published in 1948.  Given its small-town and somewhat bucolic setting, it is likely that Jackson’s image of the village at the center of her story was inspired by the New England environment in which she had been living.  Similarly, one envisions her classic novel of gothic horror, The Haunting of Hill House, to be similarly set in upstate New York or somewhere in rural New England. 

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