PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. — Visitors can step back in time and celebrate the traditions of the season when the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site hosts the Coolidge Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The open house has been selected as a 2017-2018 “Top 10 Winter Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
Select museum buildings, including the homestead where President Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as president of the United States, will be open. The Coolidge Birthplace will be decorated as it would have been in 1872, the year the future president was born. The event is free and features activities for the entire family.
An open house highlight will be Steve Morse of Montpelier, who will perform holiday organ and piano music throughout the day and lead caroling in the village church at 1:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to make a “Great Winter Hat” and prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m.
Other activities include:
- Tours of the Coolidge Homestead at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
- Stocking stuffers and more at the museum stores
- Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides
- Traditional gifts, treats, and samples of award-winning cheeses at the Plymouth Cheese Factory
- Homemade chocolate demonstrations and tastings with The Chocolatorium
- Instructions by Clear Lake Furniture on how to make a Coolidge Rocker
- Paper craft making opportunities for cards, tags, tiny books, paper lanterns and paper quilled stocking ornaments.
- Hands-on history activities for all ages in the Museum & Education Center’s classroom
- Wreath-making, with sales benefit the Coolidge Site’s garden fund
- Traditional craft demonstrations featuring silhouettes and fancy paper cutting, stenciling, and redwork embroidery.
- Special holiday postal cancellation at the historic Plymouth post office–the newest design in the John Lutz series from 12 – 4 p.m.
The Tyson Ladies Aid will once again be offering real home cookin’, perfect on a cold winter day. Enjoy the home fires, warm ambiance and incredible soups, chilis, pies, or even a hot dog in the Wilder House at the Coolidge Homestead. Finish up with a slice of a Tyson Ladies homemade pie and a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate by the fire at the Wilder House. All proceeds help the Tysons Ladies Aid in their efforts to support our local community such as the free historic Tyson Library, yearly scholarships to high school seniors from both Black River and Woodstock High Schools, supporting community members in need, and co-sponsoring the free Reach Out luncheons for the surrounding community.
The Coolidge Holiday Open House is also the last chance to see the 2017 temporary exhibit, “Homespun Treasures: The Textiles of Plymouth Notch,” which features stunning quilts, Mother Coolidge’s wedding dress, and a collection of nationally award-winning folk art dolls. Because of the fragile nature of the textiles, it will be many years before these items are back on display. For further information, call 802-672-3773, or visit www.HistoricSites.Vermont.gov