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Discover Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

October 28, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

The George Perkins Marsh Home

Woodstock, Vermont’s Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park offers hiking, skiing, boating, mansion tours, and the history of land conservation in America. The park contains the oldest professionally managed forest in the United States.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is named after four like-minded people: George Perkins Marsh, Frederick Billings, Mary French Rockefeller, and Laurence Spelman Rockefeller.

George Perkins Marsh is considered to be one of America’s first environmentalists and conservationists, if not the first. His boyhood home is preserved in the park and it is here that the seeds of his environmental concerns first took root.

Frederick Billings was a Vermont lawyer and real estate developer who purchased the Marsh estate in 1869. Billings was a follower of Marsh’s theories on conservation. During his time in Woodstock, he was instrumental in reforesting much of the area. The Billings Farm and Museum across from the park serves as a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage. You should definitely visit it if you can.

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Visit Plymouth Notch and the President Calvin Coolidge Homestead

October 14, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

President Calvin Coolidge HomesteadThe President Calvin Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth Notch, VT is one of the best preserved presidential birthplaces in the nation. This rural Vermont village has remained virtually unchanged since the early 1900s!

Plymouth Notch is the birthplace and boyhood home of the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge. The Calvin Coolidge Homestead District encompasses most of Plymouth Notch.

Calvin Coolidge was born in Plymouth Notch in 1872. He was sworn in as President here, too in 1923. The Plymouth Notch Historic District contains Calvin Coolidge’s birthplace and homestead as well as the homes of family and neighbors. The 1924 Summer White House office is here and you can visit the President’s gravesite in the town cemetery.

Other buildings include a church, general store, and a one-room schoolhouse, and the still operating Plymouth Cheese Factory. You can also visit the Aldrich House and the Wilder House and barns.

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Get A Taste of History At The Plymouth Cheese Factory!

September 23, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Plymouth Cheese FactoryVisit the second oldest cheese-maker in the U.S., the Plymouth Cheese Factory in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, for a tour, onsite museum, and – of course! – cheese samples!

The Plymouth Cheese Factory in Plymouth Notch opened over one hundred years ago, in 1890. The factory was started by John Coolidge, the father of Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, and continues to make cheese to this day.

It is said that Julia Child considered Plymouth Cheese her favorite – and who can blame her! The cheese-making tradition of Plymouth Cheese Factory goes back well over 125 years to a recipe that arrived with the first European settlers to the New World. Of course, the process has changed somewhat over the years but they still craft, cut, and wax their cheeses by hand.

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Attend the 2016 Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest

September 5, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

plymouthNotchAntiqueAppleFestVisit the birthplace and boyhood home of Calvin Coolidge and sample rare, antique apple varieties at the Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest: October 1, 2016!

If you investigate the history of apples you’ll discover there used to be hundreds of varieties. Apples of wildly differing shapes and colors, stripes, spots, and unfamiliar names.

So, where did they all go?

Mostly, they died out in favor of uniformity for mass marketing. Despite this, many fine heirloom apple varieties still exist, including right here in Plymouth Notch!

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