REGION – On Saturday, May 26, seven Vermont state-owned historic sites will open their doors for the 2018 season. This exceptional collection of sites is comprised of more than 60 historic buildings and hundreds of acres of forest and farmland. Scattered across the state, the sites house impressive museum collections and feature educational exhibits that chronicle the story of our region beginning with the first inhabitants who settled the area approximately 9,000 years ago. Historic sites, including prehistoric encampments, Revolutionary War sites, and the homes of U.S. Presidents, shed light on the remarkable history of Vermont.
This year, two new permanent exhibits, “Crossing Paths” and “Point of Contact” are opening at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison. These exhibits explore the Native American, French Colonial, English, and Early American history of the point, incorporating the most recent archaeological findings from excavations associated with the Lake Champlain Bridge project.
At the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, opening day will also mark the opening of the special exhibit “Presidential Holiday: The Coolidge Summer Retreats, 1924-1928.” Examining the idyllic settings and historic events associated with President Coolidge’s five summer White House locations, this exhibit features a spectacular feather headdress presented to the president by the Sioux Nation during his summer in the Black Hills. The headdress and other artifacts from the Black Hills are on loan for this exhibit from the Forbes Library in Northampton.
More than 70 public events and programs are scheduled this season at our state historic sites. Highlights include the 4th of July Presidential Birthday Celebration at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, the Revolutionary War Encampment at the Hubbardton Battlefield July 7 and 8, the Battle Day 5K Road Race at the Bennington Battle Monument Aug. 18, Soldiers Atop the Mount at Mount Independence Sept. 8 and 9, and the 19th Center Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site Sept. 30.
Events, activities, and programs have been planned for all ages and levels of interest. For more information on any of Vermont’s state historic sites, please call 802-828-3051, or visit us online at www.historicsites.vermont.gov.
The Vermont state-owned historic sites are operated by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, which is part of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. ACCD’s mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities by providing grants, technical assistance, and advocacy.