Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

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Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

Vermont

(406) 243-6933

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Overview

Walk through one of Vermont's most beautiful landscapes, under the shade of sugar maples and 400-year-old hemlocks, across covered bridges and alongside rambling stone walls. This is a landscape of loss, recovery, and conservation. This is a story of stewardship, of people taking care of places - sharing an enduring connection to land and a sense of hope for the future. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is the only national park to focus on conservation history and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America. Opened in June 1998, Vermont's first national park preserves and interprets the historic Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller property. The Park is named for George Perkins Marsh, one of the nation's first global environmental thinkers, who grew up on the property, and for Frederick Billings, an early conservationist who established a progressive dairy farm and professionally managed forest on the former Marsh farm. Frederick Billings's granddaughter, Mary French Rockefeller, and her husband, conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller, sustained Billings's mindful practices in forestry and farming on the property over the latter half of the 20th century. In 1983, they established the Billings Farm & Museum to continue the farm's working dairy and to interpret rural Vermont life and agricultural history. The park was created in 1992, when the Rockefellers gifted the estate's residential and forest lands to the people of the United States. Today, the Park interprets the history of conservation with tours of the mansion and the surrounding 550-acre forest.

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Latitude, Longitude: 43.631789, -72.527275

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Activities

  • Hiking

    The park's 20 miles of trails and carriage roads are open year-round. Twenty miles of scenic carriage roads and trails crisscross the gentle forested slopes of Mount Tom, one of the oldest professionally managed woodlands in America. Walk under the cool canopy of centuries-old hemlocks, beech and open-growth sugar maples to visit the Pogue, a 14-acre pond perched near the mountain summit. Don't miss Mount Tom's South Peak, where you can enjoy a bird's-eye view of Woodstock. The roads and trails can be accessed from the park entrance on Route 12 or from the parking lot on Prosper Road. They are open from dawn to dusk. Pets must be leashed, and no bicycles or motorized vehicles are allowed.

  • Historic Sites

    Guided tours are afford at the Carriage Barn Visitor Center. Come visit the Billings farm and museum and learn the history of the area. Ranger-guided tours of the historic Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion and gardens are offered several times daily, from Memorial Day weekend (late May) to October 31. This hour-long tour explores the history of conservation, the stewardship ethic of the Marsh, Billings, and Rockefeller families, and community-based conservation in a more modern context. In addition to original furnishings and personal items, the mansion displays works of art that include some of America's finest landscape paintings, highlighting the influence painting and photography had on the conservation movement.

  • Horseback Riding

    The parks trails are also open to equestrian use.

  • Winter Sports

    When the snow begins to fall the trails are groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Seasonality/Weather

The Carriage Barn Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Memorial Day weekend (late May) to October 31. The Billings Farm & Museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, April 30th through October 31st.

Directions

Driving

From Points West (Albany, NY):

From Interstate 87, take Exit 20 for Route 149, Fort Ann/Whitehall. Follow Route 149 for 13 miles to Route 4 East. Continue on Route 4 through Rutland and Killington to Woodstock. Turn left onto Route 12 North and bear right after the iron bridge, continuing 1/4 mile. Park in the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot. Begin your visit the Billings Farm & Museum Visitor Center, where park rangers are also stationed.

From Interstate 89, take Exit 1. Follow Route 4 West about 13 miles, through Quechee and Taftsville to Woodstock. Turn right onto Route 12 North and bear right after the iron bridge, continuing 1/4 mile. Park in the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot. Begin your visit at the Billings Farm & Museum Visitor Center, where park rangers are also stationed.

Public Transportation - There is bus and train service to White River Junction, VT (about 15 miles away). Taxi service is available from White River Junction, VT.

Flying

The three closest major airports are Burlington, VT (95 miles from park), Manchester, NH (97 miles), and Boston, MA (143 miles). There are small regional airports in Rutland, VT (37 miles) and West Lebanon, NH (16 miles).

Public Transportation

Dartmouth Coach offers shuttle service from Boston's Logan Airport to Hanover, NH (20 miles) and Lebanon, NH (16 miles). No other airports are connected to this area by shuttle service.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 243-6933

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