The Vermont Division of Historic Preservation encourages the discovery and appreciation of the state’s rich heritage through the stewardship and interpretation of statewide historic sites that evoke an authentic sense of time and place.
Bennington Battle Monument (Bennington) – Commemorates the Battle of Bennington, a battle that led to the turning point in the Revolutionary War. Ride an elevator to the top of the monument (the tallest structure in Vermont!) for panoramic views of VT, MA and NY. Gift shop.
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site (Plymouth Notch) – Birthplace and boyhood home of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States. Visit the carefully preserved historic homes, barns, church, cheese factory, one room schoolhouse, and general store of the village; all virtually unchanged since the early 20th century. An interactive exhibit: "More than tow Words" is in the recently constsructed Museum and Education Center. Watch cheese being made (and taste it!) in the Plymouth cheese factory. Restaurant, gift shops, walking trails. 2014 seasonal exhibit "Coolidges, Plymouth and the Civil War."
President Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site (Fairfield) – Birthplace of Chester Alan Arthur, the nation's 21st President. Step back in time and learn about the civil rights lawyer who would become President. Interpretive exhibits, walking trails.
Chimney Point State Historic Site (Addison) – Explore this strategic spot at the foot of the Lake Champlain Bridge. Enjoy the historic c.1785 tavern building, the sweeping porch with beautiful views of the lake, and interpretive exhibits that present the story of the three early cultures in the Chimney Point area: Native American, French Colonial and early American. Gift shop, history trail, boat access.
Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site (Hubbardton) – Relive the history of the only Revolutionary War battle fought on Vermont soil. Museum features an interpretive exhibit with a large, three-dimensional fiber optic map that provides a vivid account of the progress of the battle. Annual events include Revolutionary War living history weekend, guided hikes, and moonlight star gazing. Gift shop, interpretive trails.
Justin S. Morrill State Historic Site (Strafford) – Gothic Revival mansion of influential former U.S. Congressman and Senator. Tour this impressive family home, complete with ornate Gothic woodwork and period Victorian furnishings. The picturesque grounds include beautifully landscaped flower gardens and seven agricultural buildings. Special events include lectures, workshops and an annual Apple and Harvest Festival in October. Museum, walking trails. A new seasonal exhibit for 2014 "Statutes of Liberty: A Sesquicentennial Exhibit and Celebration" commemorates the 150th anniversary of the signing by President Lincoln, on July 2, 1864, of Congressman Morrill's Act creating the National Hall of Statuary in the US Capitol.
Mount Independence State Historic Site (Orwell) – National Historic Landmark and one of the largest and most well preserved Revolutionary War archaeological sites in America. Explore six miles of hiking trails though 300 acres of meadows and woods. The architecturally-unique museum features archaeological artifacts and an animated sculpture with ‘talking’ soldiers to chronicle the story of this major defense. Gift shop, nature trails, handicapped-accessible walking trail.
Old Constitution House (Windsor) – Site of the adoption of first Vermont Constitution in 1777, now known as the “Birthplace of Vermont.” Museum features period rooms that reflect its use as an early tavern. A large interpretive area in the early 20th century tea room examines the events surrounding the signing of the Vermont Constitution. Museum, walking trail.
All State Historic Sites offer:
- Free parking (including handicapped and RV/motor home parking);
- Restrooms (with the exception of Chester Arthur State Historic Site);
- Picnic tables and seating areas;
- Walking trails (dogs welcome) and many opportunities for photography.