Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the restrooms?

In the Coolidge Museum and Education Center, restrooms are located on the main floor and lower level.  In the Wilder Horse Barn, facilities are available in lower level.

Is there anywhere we can have lunch?

The Wilder House Restaurant serves both breakfast and lunch.  Picnic tables are located in the lower level of the Wilder Horse Barn and at various places throughout the grounds. Picnic items are available for purchase at the Florence Cilley General Store or the Plymouth Cheese Factory.

Are dogs allowed? 

Dogs are welcome on the grounds and trails of Vermont’s state historic sites when accompanied by their owner, and  on a leash.  Only service animals are allowed inside the buildings of Vermont state historic sites. Dog owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their waste.

Where can we buy souvenirs of our visit? 

The Coolidge Site has two museum stores: Coolidge Museum and Education Center, and Florence Cilley General Store.  Plymouth Cheese may be purchased at the Plymouth Cheese Factory.   

Are they making cheese today? 

Cheese making generally occurs two or three days/week during the site season.  It’s best to contact Plymouth Artisan Cheese, located at the Plymouth Cheese Factory, for their weekly schedule. Visit www.plymouthartisancheese.com or  802-672-3650.

What else is there to do in the area? 

We recommend a number of nearby attractions (East Central Vermont Heritage Sites: American Precision Museum,  Billings Farm & Museum, Justin Morrill HomesteadOld Constitution House, VINS, Woodstock Historical Society).  Shopping and lodging in Ludlow, Killington, Woodstock, White River Junction, West Lebanon.  Area chambers of commerce can provide additional information.  We are members of the following chambers:

Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce
Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
Woodstock Vermont Area Chamber of Commerce

How do we tour the site? 

Guided tours are offered on the hour during most of the season. During the busy foliage time, staff members are stationed in the principal buildings to assist your tour.  We recommend that you allow at least two hours when you visit (some people spend most of the day!).  Before you go up the path to the historic village, we suggest you watch the introductory film and enjoy the temporary and permanent exhibits located in the Coolidge Museum and Education Center.

Did Calvin Coolidge live here?

Calvin Coolidge was born in Plymouth Notch on July 4, 1872 the only president born on Independence Day!  He spent his boyhood here, left for college (Amherst, MA), and became a lawyer and politician in Massachusetts. Coolidge returned to Plymouth Notch to help out on the family farm most summers, and was here as Vice President when word came of President Harding’s death.  So, Plymouth Notch was where Coolidge was born, grew up, became President, established his 1924 Summer White House, and is buried.

Where is President Coolidge buried? 

Calvin Coolidge is buried, along with seven generations of his family, in the Plymouth Notch cemetery.  A short distance south of the village, the cemetery is owned by the Town of Plymouth.

Why isn’t this a federal site? 

As a tribute to Calvin Coolidge’s love of his native state, John and Florence Coolidge, following the wishes of his mother Grace, donated the Coolidge Homestead and its contents to the State of Vermont in 1956.  In the years since, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation has acquired most of the historic village a complex that includes 25 buildings and about 580 acres.  Actually, with the exception of the federal presidential libraries, most presidential sites are either privately owned (such as Mount Vernon and Monticello) or managed by local and state historical societies.

Does Calvin Coolidge have a presidential library? 

Calvin Coolidge was the last president not to have a presidential library.  The presidential library system was formally started by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939.  It is a nationwide network of 13 libraries administered by the Office of Presidential Libraries, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration.  The libraries are repositories for preserving and making available the papers, records, collections, etc. of every president since Herbert Hoover.  Coolidge’s presidential papers (as is the case with most of his predecessors) are located at the Library of Congress

Are there other Coolidge collections? 

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation owns and manages the largest collection of three-dimensional objects relating to President Coolidge and his family.  The Vermont Historical Society (Barre, VT) curates the Coolidge Family Papers and other important artifacts.  The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum at Forbes Library (Northampton, MA) manages Coolidge’s Massachusetts state papers, as well as some major objects (many from the 1928 Summer White House in South Dakota) and some presidential documents.  The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation (Plymouth Notch) has an archival collection including Grace Coolidge’s “round robin” letters and campaign memorabilia.           

Are there any living Coolidge descendants? 

There are three great grandchildren of President and Mrs. Coolidge.  They all live in New England and have children themselves.