With a name like Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, you know there’s a story behind the title!
The Woodstock Vermont, park gets its name from four people who believed deeply in conservation. George Perkins Marsh laid out a vision for how man could influence nature and is considered the father of the American conservation. Mary French Rockefeller and Laurence Spelman Rockefeller were committed conservationists and philanthropists. And Frederick Billings was a Vermont lawyer who put conservation into practice through planting trees and creating a template for eco-friendly farming.
For those who like to hike, the park offers 20 miles of trails and carriage roads around Mount Tom, home to centuries-old hemlock, beech and sugar maple trees, plus a 14-acre pond near the mountain’s summit. You’ll find a pdf listing 33 different trails on the park’s website.
History buffs can learn about the emergence of conservation on an hour-long guided tour of the Mansion and Gardens—a chance to see the fabulous art collection, which features some exquisite landscape paintings and photographs.
Billings Farm & Museum, which was covered in our last blog, is also located within the park.
During the season, the park offers ranger-led interpretive tours as well as events and special programs that cover a range of topics, such as the Working Woodlands Workshops that bring together forestry professionals, artists, landowners and others to explore everything from tree identification and animal tracking to saw-milling.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT
Open through October 31, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Guided Mansion Tours:
Adults 16-61/$8; seniors 62+/$4, children 15 and under/free
Billings Farm & Museum
Ticket includes admittance to the park and is valid for two days
Adults 16-61/$19; seniors 62+/$15
Come spend a few days at the Inn, and enjoy one of the State’s most delightful parks!