Vermont residents are passionate about land conservation and environmentalism. Nowhere is that more apparent than The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park, just outside of Woodstock, VT. It opened in 1998 and was the first national park in Vermont. While the name may be a mouthful, the park’s importance cannot be overstated. The park pays tribute to local conservationists and environmentalists who dedicated much of their time to protecting our beautiful land. Today, visitors can learn about this history as they explore the grounds, the famous mansion, the carriage house, and many other incredible sites at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park.
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The History of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park
The park is named for its former owners, George Perkins Marsh, Frederick Billings, and the Rockefeller family. George Perkins Marsh was an environmentalist who grew up on the property. Frederick Billings was an early conservationist who established a progressive dairy farm and professionally managed forest on the former Marsh land. His granddaughter, Mary French Rockefeller, was married to Laurance S. Rockefeller, and both were conservationists who sustained the tradition of mindful farming and forestry on the property.
The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller State Historic Park is a testament to the passion and drive many Vermont residents have towards conservation. This drive can still be seen today, as park staff educate visitors on the history of the area as well as what the guests can do to aid conservation efforts.
Take a Tour
One of the best ways to explore the park is to take a guided tour. The one-hour Introductory Tour is a must for new visitors and covers the park grounds as well as the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion. These tours fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended!
For a more in-depth look at the mansion, take the Mansion Experience tour. This tour focuses on the history and stories hidden within the mansion walls. Or, if you’re at the park on a Monday or Wednesday, check out The Nature of Your Park, a meeting that discusses a different nature topic each day. Self-guided tours of the park and carriage house are also available for those who are short on time.
Hike the Grounds
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park is located right outside of Woodstock, VT, which is a hiker’s paradise. There are 33 (yes, you read that right!) trails on the grounds ranging from easy to difficult. Fans of poetry should not miss the Robert Frost poetry Trail! Frost was a resident of Vermont and visited the park many times, and his poems echo the beautiful landscape. You can see the trails in a new light by grabbing a brochure at the Welcome Center, which lists poems that correspond with which trail. Or simply read the poems posted at each trailhead. It’s an experience unlike any other!
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