Coolidge Site features 19th century textile arts

Plymouth Vt.
Plymouth Notch. Photo provided.

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – A one-hour program about the quilts made by the Coolidge family and their neighbors is offered at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site on Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m.

Patricia Rennau, a member of the American Quilt Study Group, will speak on the quilting traditions  of Plymouth during the late 19th century. Her program, “Quilting in a Vermont Hill Town: Love, Community, Faith and Friendship,” shares information she recently discovered in the archives at the Vermont Historical Society. Rennau will focus on the quilts currently displayed in the Coolidge Museum & Education Center and her project to reproduce a “basket” pattern quilt probably made by Calvin Coolidge’s grandmother.

A new temporary exhibit, “Homespun Treasures: The Textiles of Plymouth Notch,” features the practical, often highly artistic fabric and fiber items created by Plymouth Notch residents during the 19th and 20th centuries. These quilted, woven, knitted, and hand-stitched textiles offer singular insight into the community that nurtured the 30th U.S. president in his youth. The exhibit was designed by Charles Gibson Design of Hanover, N.H., and was funded with generous support from the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation.

Coolidge site
The Coolidge Homestead in Coolidge’s day. Photo provided.

A National Historic Landmark, the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch is considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country.  Twelve buildings are open for tours.  The site has two museum shops, walking trails, a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, sheltered picnic area, and a cheese factory that still produces the traditional granular curd “Plymouth Cheese.”


Coolidge site
Hayfield at Plymouth Notch. Photo provided.

The site is open daily through October 22, 9:30 a.m.-5p.m. For further information, call 802-672-3773, visit the state-owned historic sites online at, or join the conversation and join the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook @vermonthistoricsites.


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