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Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
In east-central Vermont, in Woodstock
The park, the first in the system to focus on conservation history, protects the home of some of Americas most distinguished conservationists. George Perkins Marsh, who grew up here, wrote Man and Nature, which was published in 1864. Frederick Billings created a progressive dairy farm and forest on the estate here in the late 1800s. His granddaughter, Mary French Rockefeller and her husband Laurance, who have made enormous contributions to the national parks, lived here and donated the site to the National Park Service. The park contains one of the oldest professionally managed woodlands in the United States, and the mansion includes hundreds of artworks from influential 19th-century landscape painters. The site, which opened to the public in June 1998, is managed as a partnership between the National Park Service and the Woodstock Foundation, which operates the Billings Farm & Museum, located on private land within the park. The adjoining museum manages the farm as both a historic site and a working dairy farm. The park was established on August 26, 1992.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Touring mansion, grounds, farm, and museum. Facilities: Visitor center (Billings Farm & Museum), mansion and grounds, 1890 farmhouse, museum, carriage roads, trails. Programs & Events: Guided tours of mansion, gardens, and grounds; conservation stewardship programs; cross-country skiing tours in winter (Woodstock Ski Touring Center, tel. 802/457-6674). Tips & Hints: Expect to spend up to a full day at park. Busiest June-Aug., least crowded Oct.-Feb.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: None in park. In Barnard: Silver Lake State Park (North Rd. off Rte. 12, tel. 802/234-9451; 39 sites, 7 lean-tos; $16-$23; flush toilets, showers). S Hotels: None in park. In Woodstock: The Shire Motel (46 Pleasant St., tel. 802/457-2211; 42 rooms; $68-$178), Woodstock Inn (14 The Green, tel. 802/457-1100; 134 rooms, 7 suites, 1 house; $199-$389). X Restaurants: None in park. In Woodstock: Bent-leys (3 Elm St., tel. 802/457-3232; $ll-$20), Woodstock Inn (14 The Green, tel. 802/457-1100; $16-$32). 6 Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Woodstock: F.H. Gillingham & Sons (16 Elm St., tel. 802/457-2100), Woodstock Farmers Market (16 U.S. 4, tel. 802/457-3658).
FEES & HOURS
Billings-Rockefeller Mansion and gardens: $6 adults, $3 ages 5-15 or ages 62 and over. Billings Farm & Museum: $8 adults, $7 ages 65 and over, $6 ages 13-17, $4 ages 5-12, $1 ages 3^4. Park open May-Oct., daily 10-4. Farm and museum open May-Oct., daily 10-5; Thanksgiving weekend, daily 10-3; Dec, weekends and Dec. 26-31, 10-3. Sleigh Ride Weekends: Martin Luther King Day and Presidents' Day weekends, 10-3.
HOW TO GET THERE
Off Rte. 12 in Woodstock, next to the Billings Farm & Museum. Closest airports: Lebanon, NH (17 mi); Burlington (85 mi).
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (Box 178, 54 Elm St., Woodstock, VT 05091, tel. 802/457-3368, fax 802/457-3405). Billings Farm & Museum (Box 489, Woodstock, VT 05091, tel. 802/457-2355, fax 802/457^663). Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce (18 Central St., Box 486, Woodstock, VT 05091, tel. 802/457-3555 or 888/496-6378).