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President Calvin Coolidge

Grace Coolidge Musicale – Student Edition

2 PM

An appreciative and encouraging audience is sought for the first concert of the Grace Coolidge Musicale series. This recital will showcase the blossoming talents of piano students from across Vermont and honors the nurturing spirit of First Lady Coolidge. Grace was an educator before her marriage to Calvin Coolidge and harbored a profound appreciation for music. Under these auspices, the students have been invited to perform on a unique instrument.  The piano to be played was a gift from the Baldwin Company to Grace during her tenure in the White House. It was once performed on by Russian virtuoso Sergei Rachmaninoff and was the first piano known fly in an airplane. Admission to the concert is free.

Holiday Open House

Winter is ready to fall upon the quiet village of Plymouth Notch. Before the snows deepen, join the residents of the village as they celebrate the holiday season. The Coolidge birthplace will be festooned with fresh greenery as it would have been during Christmastime in Calvin Coolidge’s childhood. The greenery continues throughout the village where wreaths don the doors of the homes and lanterns. Visitors can warm up in the museum where pianist Steve Morse will be taking song requests on Grace's piano. At 12:45PM a tree lighting ceremony will call into remembrance the moment President Coolidge threw the switch on the very first lit National tree in 1923. Immediately following at 1PM, the warmth of the village’s Union Christian Church will welcome visitors for a time of caroling. Don’t forget to pick out gifts at the museum gift shop clearance sale. This is a free and family-friendly event! 


Fall Festival

10 AM – 4 PM

Sure to be a family favorite, the Fall Festival in Plymouth Notch will feature many popular fall activities. Enjoy a hayride with Farmer Fred, taste multiple varieties of Vermont-grown heritage apples, watch cider pressing, and observe the handiwork of a diversity of craft demonstrators and hobbyists. Fall foliage in Plymouth traditionally reaches its peak in early October. With luck, the maples growing across the 360-degree hills surrounding Plymouth will be at their brightest.

Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival 

2 PM – 5 PM

September 2nd and 3rd (FREE EVENT!)

Stars from Vermont and internationally known musicians team up for the 18th annual Plymouth Folk and Blues Fest. This lively two-day, outdoor festival will feature the music of Dana and Susan Robinson, Jesse Terry, Danielle Miraglia, Krishna Guthrie, The Kennedys, and The Art of DonnCherie. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the pure country air of historic. This event is free and donations are appreciated. Non-perishable food donations in support of the Vermont Food Bank are also welcomed.

Coolidge’s Oath of Office Centennial Anniversary Celebrations


10 AM - 5 PM

August 3rd and 5th

On August 3, 1923 Vice President Coolidge was vacationing in his hometown when President Warren Harding passed away. At 2:47 a.m. he took the presidential oath of office in his father’s house and assumed the presidency.

 Witness a reenactment of this exciting event on precisely the 100th anniversary – August 3, 2023 at 2:47 a.m. If you are not a morning person, a second oath reenactment will occur at 2:47 p.m.  Enter into an immersive experience by conversing with costumed actors portraying Plymouth Villagers as they talk about memories of young Cal growing up and what it was like to receive the news that he was president.  

On August 5, we will celebrate with a reprisal appearance of the Plymouth villagers and a reenactment of the memorial service and eulogy to President Harding as it took place in the village’s Union Christian Church in 1923.

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation will be co-hosting the celebration of this momentous anniversary. For additional activities and information, including a naturalization ceremony on August 3, please visit their website at:

July 4th- A Birthday Party for Calvin Coolidge and the United States of America

10 AM – 5 PM

The historic village of Plymouth Notch celebrates the 151st birthday of President Calvin Coolidge and the 247th birthday of the United States. 

The party kicks off at 11:30 with an adjudicated baking contest. Members of the public are invited to enter their version of Grace Coolidge’s Icebox Cookies to be tasted by members of the Coolidge family.

At 12:00 a processional led the Vermont National Guard will depart from the village to the cemetery for the laying of a wreath at the President’s grave. Cake will be served immediately following the cemetery ceremony.

Throughout the day the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation will be hosting the Coolidge Cup, a national speech and debate competition. The final round of debate takes place at 4:00. Members of the public are highly encouraged to listen in as young orators from across the nation make their voices heard.  For additional information please visit

To enter the baking contest please contact the site administrator for a copy of Grace’s cookie recipe at

Silent Film Night #1 featuring Buster Keaton

7 PM

Enjoy golden hour on the scenic grounds of historic Plymouth Notch during Vermont’s most verdant time of year. Buster Keaton’s 1924 silent film, “Sherlock Jr.” and other short works will be shown on the Museum and Education Center lawn. Bring a lawn chair. Visitors are encouraged to come early to enjoy a picnic. In the event of rain, the screening will be in the museum.

Wednesdays with Farmer Fred in Plymouth Notch

10 AM – 5 PM

Beginning June 14th,  Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site’s resident farmer will be on hand each Wednesday of the season to demonstrate historic farming tools and techniques.  Visitors may witness such activities as sheep shearing, rye harvesting, or cider pressing. In addition to being an excellent educator, Farmer Fred is also a renown storyteller and is sure to entertain.

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