Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock

4.7
#3 of 76 in Nature in Vermont
The Carriage Barn Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Memorial Day weekend (late May) to October 31. Guided tours of the Mansion and grounds are offered during this season. The park's 20 miles of trails and carriage roads are open year-round. They are available for hiking and equestrian use in the spring, summer, and fall. When winter snows arrive, used only for cross-country skiing.

The boyhood home of George Perkins Marsh, one of America's first conservationists, and later the home of Frederick Billings, the property was given to the American people by its most recent owners, Laurance S. and Mary F. Rockefeller. The park was created by an Act of Congress and signed into law by President George Bush on August 26, 1992. Under law, the purposes of the park are as follows:

- To interpret the history and evolution of conservation stewardship in America;

- To recognize and interpret the contributions and birthplace of George Perkins Marsh, pioneering environmentalist, author of Man and Nature, statesman, lawyer, and linguist;

- To recognize and interpret the contributions of Frederick Billings, conservationist, pioneer in reforestation and scientific farm management, lawyer, philanthropist, and railroad builder, who extended the principles of land management introduced by Marsh;

- To preserve the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller mansion and its surrounding lands; and

- To recognize the significant contributions of Julia Billings, Mary Billings French, Mary French Rockefeller, and Laurance Spelman Rockefeller in perpetuating the Marsh-Billings heritage.

Park trails are always open. Visitor Center hours 9 a.m. - 5 p.m May-October.
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  • My husband and I enjoy national and community history. The story of these three families is interesting and overlap in their stewardship of our scenic lands and conservation. Worth the visit.  more »
  • You'll park across the street at the farm and then walk to the visitor's center across the street and up a hill. Sign up for a tour of the mansion at the desk and then watch the movie they have. The t...  more »
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  • This was a real highlight to our Vermont trip. Museum and movie are very worthwhile to visit. Do not miss tour of manor house, Complete with furnishings of all 3 historical owners. I was fascinated with biography of Mr. Marsh, in particular. As a graduate of Syracuse University College of Forestry, we studied his writings as the virtual father of the American environmental conservation movement. Photo is of Gorge, which is nearby.
  • Easy hiking up Mountain Road to the Mt Tom summit, with more challenging trails branching off. Beautiful views along the way and at the summit. Mountain Road is your best bet if you are with a dog, and Precipice trail might be a little be a challenge with your pooch in tow. Highly recommend.

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