Historic Houses

Calvin Coolidge BirthplaceCalvin Coolidge Birthplace, located at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch has been restored to the way it looked on July 4, 1872 when the future President was born. View the “Rockie” where Victoria sat and nursed her newborn son; and see how convenient it was for John Coolidge to get to his workplace. 

 

 

 

Coolidge Family HomesteadCoolidge Family Homestead, located at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch has been preserved just the way it was in August 1923 when John Coolidge swore his son in as the nation’s 30th President.  See the carriage made by the President’s father, look for the telephone brought in the day after Calvin Coolidge became President, and find the woolen frock worn by Calvin when he worked on the farm.

 

Morrill HomesteadJustin Morrill Homestead located at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site, is a pink Gothic Revival style house in the upper village of Strafford. Designed by and built for Justin Morrill in 1849 the 17 room house has original Morrill furnishings and decorative arts.  View the design proposal for the statues in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and search for Trump, the family’s pet.

 

 

Old Constitution HouseThe Old Constitution House in Windsor was originally a tavern and is where the 1777 Constitution for Vermont was written.  An exhibit tells the story of the first constitution written to prohibit slavery.  Find the table where the Constitution was written, see a bed painted to resemble an exotic imported wood, and look for an early painting painted in reverse on glass.

 

 

Barnes TavernThe Barnes Tavern at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison has a restored early 19th century bar room.  Check out the myths surrounding this room, see how it was heated, notice the wear on the floor boards, and the low tavern tables and chairs.

Many local communities have seasonally operated historical societies where you can dig deeper into the history of a town and discover other historical and cultural features that contribute to the fabric of Vermont. More information on these societies can be found at the Vermont Historical Society.    

There are a number of other historic houses open to the public in Vermont, including:

John Strong Mansion, Addison 
Park-McCullough House, Bennington
Marvin Newton House, Brookfield
Higley Homestead, Castleton
Hyde Log Cabin, Grand Isle
Garipay House, Hartford
Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, Manchester
Henry Sheldon Museum, Middlebury
Noyes House, Morrisville
Lewis House, Norwich
Dana House, Woodstock
Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock
Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park, Woodstock