Admission includes a self guided tour of the Monument’s ground level with exhibits, diorama and journal of visitors. The elevator to the observation floor is operated by a site interpreter who provides a brief overview of the site and is available for questions.
Guided tours of the 417 steps inside the Monument
The 417 steps that lead to the observation floor are closed to the public except for guided tours on special occasions. One such special occasion is the Climb for Your Life vertical road race up the steps, sponsored by the American Lung Association. The cast iron steps have an unusual design based on steps found in a castle in Rome that was designed by Michelangelo. The steps are four inches high and 18 inches wide with an ‘easy’ sloping design to make them accessible for even the most non-athletic.
Prearranged Interpretive Tours of the Monument and Grounds
A docent can be available for a special guided tour of the grounds and inside the Monument. You must contact the site administrator.
Architectural Tours of Old Bennington
These tours are conducted by Charles Dewey and architect Jane Radicchio and are scheduled through the ‘Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument’ and the site administrator.
Self-Guided Tour of Historic Battlefield
Take a walk on the mown grass path going around the battlefield and down to the Selleck Cabin site. Interpretive signs offer important points of interest and the various locations of the battle.
Self-Guided Tours of the gardens and the carriage barn and ice house exhibits are available daily.
Guided tours of the Morrill Homestead are offered on the hour, beginning at 11:00 AM. Our well trained site interpreters will focus your tour on your special interests. If you like Renaissance Revival furniture they can point out this style as you are guided through the house. Some of the furnishings were made in Strafford, VT and they can explain those pieces, where in town they were made, and how you can identify them. The period carpets are rare survival pieces and your guide can explain the different period styles and if the carpets are ingrain or Brussels carpets. The various framed art may be of special interest to you, as well as Gothic Revival details in the house or how various rooms functioned. Please don’t hesitate to ask, we are happy to answer your questions or refer you to someone who can help.
Meander through the hayfield and hillside next to the Morrill Homestead for fine views of the upper village of Strafford and the surrounding hills. Enter the trail by the Morrill Ice House.
Self-Guided Trail System
Take a self-guided walk or hike on the over six miles in the trail system at Mount Independence. You’ll find a Mount Independence brochure and trail guide with map in the museum. The Baldwin Trail has colorful interpretive signs that highlight the history of Mount Independence and point out specific locations and archeological features along the trail. The trail guide also provides information about important locations on the Orange and Blue Trails.
Guided tours are offered throughout the day. Please plan to spend at least one hour touring the main exhibit, special displays, and period rooms. The permanent exhibit, “A Free and Independent State,” examines Vermont formative years, from the struggle for political independence to statehood in 1791. Tours focus on the importance of the 1777 Constitution and point out collection highlights including Revolutionary War period artifacts. Period rooms help tell the story of an 18th century tavern and its role in early American life.
Access to this trail system is immediately behind the Old Constitution House. Paradise Park provides a series of trails through mature forest, along a stream, and around the fields and shoreline adjacent to Lake Runnemede. Expect to see a wide variety of native plants and wildlife.
This self guided walking tour features over 40 historic structures in Windsor. The tour is supported by a comprehensive guide, available at Historic Windsor, Welcome Center, and library. Six signs, located at various points in town, provide narratives; each sign also offers a QR code, making a supporting audio file available for smart phone uses.
Introductory Film and Guided Tours
Guided tours are offered on the hour most of the season. During the busy foliage time, staff members are stationed in the major buildings to answer questions, share stories of President Coolidge and help make your visit fun and informative. We recommend you allow at least two hours when you visit (some people spend most of the day!) Before you go up the path to the historic village, we suggest you watch the introductory film and enjoy the temporary and permanent exhibits located in the Museum & Education Center.
Ongoing. Tuesday Tales of The Notch Tours
Join site administrator Bill Jenney for a special guided tour of Calvin Coolidge’s Plymouth Notch. This leisurely walk through the village and surrounding fields offers unique insights into the man who became our nation’s 30th President. Every Tuesday at 2:00 PM through the 2013 season.
Self-Guided Walking Trails
The Coolidge Site has two walking trails, and maps are available in the box at the beginning of each trail and at the Museum & Education Center.
The East Meadow Nature Trail
This trial is approximately one mile long, and begins on the lawn to the north of the Museum & Education Center. Most of the trail is on flat or gently sloping ground, but there is one short steep section. It explores the fields that were once part of the Wilder farm and crosses Pinney Hollow Brook where President Coolidge once fished. The trail is mowed for your convenience. There are no shelters along this route, so use your best judgment if the weather looks threatening.
The Old Cellar Hole Walking Trail
This trail is approximately one-half mile long, and begins just to the west of the one room schoolhouse. Most of it is on sloping ground. Look for the trail markers that correspond to various features such as the remains of an old sugar house and the cellar hole of the Moor-Blanchard farmhouse. The trail is mowed for your convenience.
Guided tours of the home are offered throughout the day. The reconstructed house is not the traditional furnished house museum. Instead there are mounted exhibits and our site host will be available to answer any questions you may have.
A walking trail, designed by the Fairfield Elementary School, explores the woods and wetlands next to the reconstructed home of Chester Arthur.