Welcome to the State Owned Historic Sites. We are open all summer and fall with activities, events and programs for all interests.
Vermont’s State Historic Sites offer an array of amenities to add convenience, enjoyment and fun to our guest’s visits to our many sites. From convenient parking and clean, accessible restrooms to hiking trails, photography opportunities and friendly, helpful staff, we want to ensure you have a memorable and educational experience.
Discover hundreds of unique gifts for all ages at the Gift Shops at the Bennington Battle Monument, President Calvin Coolidge, Chimney Point,Hubbardton Battlefield, and Mount Independence State Historic Sites. Each shop offers visitors an eclectic array of treasures and trinkets guaranteed to capture the hearts of visitors.
Museum Shops’ 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 of Vermont’s creative, entrepreneurial spirit. Refreshments and snacks are also available.
Bennington Battle Monument State Historic Site
In 1777, General John Stark, aided by the Green Mountain Boys, defeated the King’s troops. The object of this famous “Battle of Bennington” was the site where military supplies had been stored. In place of the storehouse now stands a 306 foot monolith. An elevator and an operator take visitors to the observation floor where one can see valleys and rolling hills of three states. Explore the picturesque grounds with additional monuments. Please allow 30 minutes for your visit.
Group Policy and Rates: Adult $2.00 (15 years and over) with advance reservation, Children $1.00 (through age 14), children age 5 and under are complimentary. Driver and guides complimentary. Reservations are accepted but not necessary. Confirm group arrival with site administrator.
Chimney Point State Historic Site
Museum of Native American, French and early Vermont heritage
Discover the legacy of Vermont’s Native American, French and early Vermont settlement heritage at Chimney Point. As long ago as 7,000 B.C., native people camped at this site and hunted and fished along Lake Champlain. In 1609, Samuel de Champlain toured the Lake with Indian guides; in 1731 a French fort was built here; and by 1741 a French settlement was established to support the soldiers at Fort St. Frederic across the Lake.
Prehistoric tools, weapons, pottery, trade goods and other artifacts are included in the museum exhibit. Additional exhibits highlight archeological discoveries from the Lake Champlain Bridge project, the tavern and the building. There is also an opportunity to walk sidewalks on the new bridge for great views of the Lake.
Group Policy and Rates: Groups welcome with reservations. $2.50/person, driver and tour leader complimentary. Please allow one hour for visit. Confirm group arrival with site administrator.
Site Location: Chimney Point State Historic Site, 8149 VT Route 17W, Addison, VT 05491.
Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site
A Revolutionary War Site
On July 7, 1777, the first of several battles resisting the British invasion in the north was fought in the hills of Hubbardton. Here at the only Revolutionary War Battle fought in Vermont, an American rear guard helped stem the tide of General Burgoyne’s Northern Campaign. Both sides suffered losses. The successful action of the American rebels at Hubbardton set the stage for the major British defeat at Saratoga. A Visitor Center, situated on the scenic hilltop battlefield, features an interpretive exhibit and narrated fiber-optic map that retraces the steps of the battle. Strategic points on the battlefield are marked on the walking trails.
Group Policy and Rates: Groups welcome with reservations. $1.50/person, driver and tour leader complimentary. Please allow 1½ hours for visit. Special tours available. Confirm group arrival with site administrator.
Site Location: Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, 5696 Monument Road, Hubbardton, VT 05733.
Mount Independence State Historic Site
Mount Independence was built here on Lake Champlain. Discover what life was like for thousands of Revolutionary War soldiers atop Mount Independence. Built to guard against a British attack from Canada, the fort was manned from 1776-1777. Named by American troops in honor of the Declaration of Independence, this National Historic Landmark is one of the least disturbed Revolutionary War sites in the U.S.
Today, an extensive trail system, with a handicapped-accessible trail, and lively interpretive signage, offers visitors a memorable experience including beautiful scenery and a chance to explore the archaeological remains of this 300+ acre site. The museum curates the entire story with special events and programs scheduled throughout the season.
Group Policy and Rates: Groups welcome, reservations required. $4.00/person, driver and escort complimentary. Please allow 1½ hours for your visit. Tour planners are encouraged to plan a day which includes Mount Independence, an M/V Carillon narrated cruise, and Fort Ticonderoga…a truly enjoyable and educational adventure! Confirm group arrival with site administrator.
Site Location: Mount Independence State Historic Site, 497 Mount Independence Road, Orwell, VT 05760.
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
Plymouth Notch Historic District
Considered the best preserved presidential birthplace in the nation, Plymouth Notch is virtually unchanged since the early 1900s. This rural Vermont village includes the homes of Calvin Coolidge’s family and neighbors, general store, church, cheese factory (still making cheese using the original 1890 recipe) and 1924 Summer White House office.
Calvin Coolidge was born here in 1872 and was sworn in as the 30th President of the United States in the family homestead in 1923. He is buried in the town cemetery with seven generations of his family. Thirteen buildings are open to the public, as are the surrounding grounds and gardens. The historic Wilder House Restaurant serves lunch and can accommodate up to 45 people. A major interactive, multimedia permanent exhibition in the new Coolidge Museum & Education Center uses Coolidge’s own words, objects from his life, and period newsreels to tell the story of how a boy from rural Plymouth Notch became President of the United States.
Group Policy and Rates: Groups welcome, reservations requested. $7.00/adult, driver and escort complimentary. Please allow 1½ - 2 hours to experience the site. Confirm group arrival with site administrator.
Site Location: President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 3780 Vermont 100A, Plymouth, VT 05056.