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Vermont's first national park is appropriately dedicated to conservation and wise environmental management.

 

 

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, just a short distance north of the center of Woodstock next to Billings Farm & Museum along Elm Street (VT Route 12; map) is the first national park in Vermont, realized with land donated by Laurance S and Mary F Rockefeller.

Mr Rockefeller, who also founded theWoodstock Inn & Resort, wanted the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller property protected and preserved for the enjoyment of Woodstock citizens and visitors.

Conservation and environmental stewardship are the main concepts on which the park was established.

Centered on the grand red-brick Victorian mansion known as the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller House, the park also has a 20-mile network of trails that are fine for hiking in good weather, and cross-country skiing in winter.

The mansion itself was the boyhood home of George Perkins Marsh, a lawyer, statesman, author of Man and Nature and an early American conservationist.

Frederick Billings, a lawyer and railroad magnate, owned the house later and pursued his interest in conservation, reforestation and scientific farm management.

The house's most recent owners, Mr & Mrs Rockefeller, also conservationists, wanted the property to be used and enjoyed to encourage environmental stewardship.

The house, with its fine Tiffany stained glass windows, is open for guided tours from Memorial Day (late May) through the end of October.

Plan to also visit the Billings Farm & Museum, just across Elm Street (VT Route 12) from the National Historical Park. More..

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
VT Route 12 at Old River Road (map)
Woodstock VT 05091
Tel: 802-457-3368

—by Tom Brosnahan


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Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller House, Woodstock VT

The main house at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
in Woodstock VT.

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