Vermont State Historic Sites join together with a number of other museums, attractions and state parks to enliven your visit to Vermont and celebrate Vermont’s diverse historical, cultural and recreational attributes.
We invite you to explore our partners’ sites to experience all Vermont has to offer, from Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock to the Rokeby Underground Railroad site in Ferrisburg, the new Barre-based Vermont Archaeological Heritage Center to Hildene, the Colonial Revival estate and home of Robert Todd Lincoln in Manchester. You won’t want to miss the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum or Shelburne Museum on the shores of Lake Champlain nor the hiking trails or refreshing lakes of Vermont State Parks. There’s everything from zip lines and canopy tours, to winery tours and maple sugarhouses – suffice it to say you’ll find a memorable experience awaits from border to border.
State Historic Sites Friends Groups
Many of the State Historic Sites have non-profit friends support groups that asisst the Division for Historic Preservation in the development of programs, events, exhibits and outreach at these state owned properties.
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Vermont Historical Society, Barre and Montpelier, VT
The Vermont Historical Society is the primary repository of Vermont artifacts and archives which are not state documents. They have an extensive collection of Coolidge, Morrill, Revolutionary War, artifacts, documents and material that relate to the Vermont State Historic Sites. Their museum in the Pavilion Building in Montpelier covers the broad range of Vermont history and incorporates much information on the Vermont State Historic Sites in this exhibit. The Leahy Library and museum in Barre at the Vermont History Center houses archives and research library and has changing exhibits.
Vermont State Parks
Vermont State Parks are an outstanding resource for anyone interested in enjoying our natural resources by camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, fishing, hunting, wildlife watching, etc. The Vermont State Historic Sites and State Parks offer reciprocal day use tickets for the parks when visitors present an admission ticket from one of the State Historic Sites. We provide 2 for 1 admission passes to guests who present a Vermont State Park admission pass.
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
The Shelburne Museum has one of the most extensive collections of American Folk Art as well as period furnished buildings which have been relocated to the museum. One of the most popular aspects of the museum is the steam ship Ticonderoga which toured around the lake in the early 20th century before being moved to the museum. There is a great collection of documents and artifacts related to the history of Lake Champlain.
Crown Point State Historic Site, Crown Point, NY
Crown Point State Historic Site is located at the foot of the Lake Champlain Bridge in New York. Its history is closely entwined with that of Chimney Point. Both sites join together to offer special programming, including guided history walks over the Lake Champlain Bridge during the summer. In mid September Chimney Point hosts the Northeast Open Atlatl Championship and Crown Point has a Festival of Nations. The forts at Crown Point interpret the military history of the area whereas at Chimney Point the focus is on the settlement of the area beginning with the Native American settlement followed by the French and finally the British settlement.
Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, VT
Hildene was constructed for Robert Todd Lincoln, Chester Arthur’s Secretary of War, and is a large Colonial Revival estate where the last members of the family of Abraham Lincoln lived. The historic site attracts visitors interested in Abraham Lincoln and his family. The formal gardens are in sharp contrast to the Picturesque gardens at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site which predates Hildene by over 50 years.
Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT
Located one mile from the Bennington Battle Monument at 75 Main St., the museum houses the original documents and artifacts relating to the Battle of Bennington and the construction of the monument. The Bennington Museum also has the major collection of Grandma Moses paintings.
Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, VT
The Rokeby Museum was the home from the 1790s to 1961 of the Robinson family, Quaker farmers, abolitionists, authors, and artists, and a stop on the Underground Railroad. New this year, an underground railroad exhibit will open in a new building.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum preserves and shares the maritime history of Lake Champlain through exhibits and many special activities.
Vermont Archaeological Heritage Center, Barre, VT
The VAHC partnership of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Vermont Agency of Transportation, and Vermont Historical Society developed this center to care for and manage Vermont’s irreplaceable archaeological collections, promote research and education, and increase appreciation of Vermont’s rich heritage.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, Woodstock VT
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller is a grand estate with formal gardens, managed woodlots, a large Queen Anne style mansion with decorative arts and a number of related estate buildings. This site, owned by the National Park Service, is focused on the careful stewardship of our environment. George Perkins Marsh assisted Justin Morrill in his selection of art and Frederick Billings was a contemporary of Justin Morrill.
Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock VT
The Billings Farm Museum and modern working dairy farm, located in Woodstock, Vermont, interprets Vermont’s rural heritage focused around 1890.