2014 Season Exhibit in Coolidge Museum and Education Center:
The Coolidges, Plymouth, and the Civil War
As part of the 150th anniversary commemorations of the American Civil War, this special exhibit examines this monumental event from the perspective of the Coolidge family and their neighbors. The story is told featuring period documents, graphics, and artifacts from private and public collections, and reveals President Coolidge’s own keen interest in the subject. Selected as a 2014 “Top 10 Event” by the Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
Opens May 24 - October 19, 2014
Permanent exhibit in Coolidge Museum and Education Center:
A dynamic look at how a boy from rural Plymouth Notch became President of the United States. This exhibit highlights Coolidge’s life and accomplishments using his own words, objects from his life, and period newsreels. The highly interactive presentation is designed to appeal to visitors of all ages, providing an intimate and personal look into the life of the 30th President.
Examines Vermont farm life at the turn of the 20th century. It features the Coolidge site’s premier collection of early agricultural equipment.
Plymouth Cheese Factory:
Tells the story of cheesemaking in Vermont, focusing on the history of the distinctive granular curd Plymouth Cheese. The exhibit includes the original vats, presses, and other equipment of the 1890 Plymouth Cheese Factory.
Coolidge Hall examines the use of this large hall for dances, Grange meetings and other community events, but most famously as President Coolidge’s 1924 Summer White House office. The hall has its original furnishings including the desks made especially for the President’s use that summer and the instruments of the “Plymouth Old Time Dance Orchestra.”
Each room in the Coolidge Homestead has an interpretive label that explains the use of the room and notable objects.
This historic house has its original furnishings, including the bed in which Calvin Coolidge was born, a complete set of “Frog City” chairs made by a Coolidge ancestor, a “nanny bench,” family silver and ceramics, and a desk brought to town by Captain John who served in the Revolutionary War.
Coolidge Farm Shop:
This small building is set up as a typical late 19th century farmer’s workshop, complete with all the tools necessary for the repair and maintenance of the farm’s equipment.
These exhibits examine the history of the house – once the home of Calvin Coolidge’s stepmother, Carrie Brown, and later of Plymouth’s first cheese maker and his family. Special attention is given to the cheese maker’s daughter, Ruth “Midge” Aldrich, who operated a profitable tea room, gift shop, and nearby tourist cabins during the first part of the 20th century.
Plymouth Notch Walking Trails:
The trail, approximately one mile long, begins at the edge of the lawn behind and to the north of the Coolidge Museum and Education Center. It leads through the meadow at the foot of East Mountain, crossing the stream where President Coolidge once fished. A map is available in a small box at the beginning of the trail and at the reception desk in the Museum and Education Center.
This trail, approximately ½ mile long, begins just to the west of the schoolhouse. It goes past the remains of a sugar house, old stone walls, and the cellar hole of the Moore Blanchard Farmhouse. A map is available in a small box at the beginning of the trail and at the reception desk in the Museum and Education Center.