Plymouth Celebrates Old Home Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: William W. Jenney, Site Administrator
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
(802) 672-3773; William.Jenney@vermont.gov

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site hosts Plymouth Old Home Day, a century-old town tradition, on Saturday, August 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the event features traditional craft and farm demonstrations, wagon rides, music, a chicken barbecue, and many other activities for the entire family.   

At 1:30 p.m., actor Jim Cooke appears as John Quincy Adams in the Union Christian Church, a performance sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. At 2:47 p.m., a reenactment of Calvin Coolidge’s 1923 Homestead Inaugural, with Coolidge family members participating, will be held on the Homestead porch.

Throughout the day, visitors can also enjoy:

  • Vermont artisans and special exhibits: Dolores Furnari (watercolor theorem painting), Polly Forcier (notepapers using authentic wall stencils), Marianne Fassett (paper quilling), Northfield Historical Society (water pump log demonstration)
  • Old-time games sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society
  • “Hands-on History” activities in a one-room schoolhouse
  • Children’s craft activities: create your own pressed flower cards with Ellen Denton; discover historic quilt patterns with Willow Bascom
  • Old-time fiddler Adam Boyce 
  • Crown Point Road Association display, joined by The King’s Rangers living history reenactors 
  • Green Mountain Timekeepers Society: bring your historic clocks and pocket watches and learn more about them
  • Cheese making and Vermont specialty food tastings at the Plymouth Cheese Factory
  • Home-style cooking at the Wilder House Restaurant

Plymouth Old Home Day is a great opportunity to explore Plymouth Notch, considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country. Twelve buildings will be open to the public. At the Coolidge Museum & Education Center, view the temporary exhibit, Homespun Treasures: The Textiles of Plymouth Notch, which showcases quilts, blankets, hooked rugs, and other fiber items created by the Coolidge family and their neighbors. Investigate the award-winning permanent exhibition, More Than Two Words: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge. 

The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open daily through October 22, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. For further information about other programs and special events, please call (802) 672-3773, or visit the state-owned historic sites online at www.HistoricSites.Vermont.gov.