Museum Shops at the Bennington Battle Monument, President Calvin Coolidge, Chimney Point, Hubbardton Battlefield, and Mount Independence State Historic Sites all offer visitors a unique shopping experience.
Museum Shop products are reflective of the treasured icons of our past, the vibrant art of the present, and the one-of-a-kind gems displayed in our museums. Vermont-made products, from award-winning cheese to handmade quilts, locally fresh jams and jellies to hand blown glass, silver jewelry and more are a celebration Vermont’s creative, entrepreneurial spirit.
Each of the five Museum Shops features an enticing assortment of items for all ages that visitors may select as tangible reminders of their experience, or purchase as gifts for family and friends to share in the site’s history. Browse a wide assortment of books, postcards, keepsake items, reproduction maps, period toys and games, puzzles, music DVDs, and snacks. Children will delight in their own discovery of colorful books, toy soldiers, and games unique to each site’s heroes and high points.
The President Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center is a shopper’s paradise as the Museum Shop combines with the Florence Cilley General Store and Plymouth Cheese Factory to showcase hundreds of items, ranging from a fine selection of Vermont-made products, including ceramics, glass art, textiles, wood objects, and more in the Museum Shop, to the fully stocked 1850’s era general store. Ready for a cool drink of Moxie or a sample of penny candy? The Cilley Store shelves are stocked with old-fashioned sweets, delicious Vermont-made jams, jellies, spreads, maple syrup, plus handmade fudge and brittles. Spin a rack full of postcards for the perfect image of your visit and then step next door for a Plymouth, Vt. hand stamp and a conversation with the post mistress. You’ll also discover attractive decorative items including ornamental tiles, cast iron doorstops, old-fashioned balsam bags, jewelry, felting kits, sleigh bells, and whirli-gigs for your garden.
The Bennington Battle Monument is well known for its wide selection of Revolutionary War and American flags of all sizes and miniature toy soldier collectibles, a perfect gift for the young or young at heart. Here you’ll find a wide selection of Vermont and Bennington Battle Monument souvenir apparel, from t-shirts to sweatshirts, caps and hats in sizes and color choices for men, women and children. Don’t forget to bring home Vermont’s pure maple syrup for pancakes, or in ‘leaf’ form as delectable maple candy. Of course there’s a variety of magnets, postcards, posters, books and other keepsakes to recall your visit to the site and your view from the top of the Monument.
At Chimney Point you’ll love the excellent selection of books for children and adults on Native American and early French history of the region (including the French and Indian War and the fur trade), books on Vermont’s history and natural resources, music DVDs, children’s games, and keepsake items. The site’s own publication, Lake Champlain Voyage of Discovery: Bringing History Home provides the most recent information about the time from before Samuel de Champlain’s arrival in 1609 into Lake Champlain until the end of the French and Indian War in 1783.
At Mount Independence and the Hubbardton Battlefield, you’ll find a wide selection of books for all ages on the Revolutionary War, particularly the Northern Campaign, period games and reproduction items, Vermont history and natural history. There’s water and snacks available as well so you’ll be prepared to fully enjoy a leisurely walk or vigorous hike on the scenically beautiful trail system.