What makes Plymouth Notch, the birthplace of President, Calvin Coolidge, so remarkable is that most of the site looks remarkably like it did in the early 1900’s. That makes a visit there feel like you’re really taking a step back in time.
The historical site, known as the Calvin Coolidge Homestead District, is located about 25 miles southwest of the Inn. It comprises more than 600 acres and includes President Coolidge’s home, homes of his family and neighbors, a general store, church, cheese factory and the 1924 summer White House office. A literal village still intact! Thirteen of the buildings are open to the public, as well as the grounds and gardens.
The home is notable not only as the place where President Coolidge was born in 1872, but also where he was sworn in as America’s 30th President in 1923. (He is buried in the town cemetery). For a great overview of Coolidge’s life and time in office, be sure to visit the Coolidge Museum & Education Center, a rare new building at the property. It houses an interesting interactive, multimedia exhibition that tells the story of a country boy rising to success using the President’s own words, plus items from his life and news reels.
The site’s office, the Aldrich House, is open weekdays year-round, and offers exhibits for guests. The rest of the historic site is open daily from late May until mid-October. You can enjoy lunch during a visit at the Wilder House Restaurant.
The site is a wonderful excursion and besides, exploring the rolling-hill countryside of Vermont on a beautiful day is about as good as it gets! Give us and call to schedule your next visit.
Images courtesy of the Calvin Coolidge Homestead District.