President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
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_revrandy3795
Bradford, NH65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Coolidge Homestead and grounds were a lot more interesting and enjoyable than I anticipated. I particularly appreciated the fact that the Coolidge home had not changed at all since he was sworn into office there by his father in 1923. Often, when visiting historic sites, the furnishings are approximations of what would have been there. Here, what you see is what was there when Coolidge was alive.
The house itself is small, cozy and wonderfully unimpressive. That an American president could come from such a humble place I found to be inspiring and encouraging.
The surrounding buildings are also interesting. I particularly appreciated the two barns, which give you a clear glimpse into what it was like to live in rural Vermont in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
It should also be noted that this is a beautiful area and a great place for walks.
Finally, and certainly for some most importantly, there is the Plymouth Artisan Cheese shop, which was founded by Coolidge's son John. The cheeses are made there and are reputed to be excellent. At least Julie Child thought so!
This is a great place to spend a lazy afternoon.
Written August 23, 2020
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buckeyebear25
Ravenna, OH207 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We had a very informative tour guide. We learned a lot about Calvin. We saw buildings were he grew up. It is hard to believe that a president came from such humble beginnings. It just goes to show that with hard work, education, determination and the grace of God, one can accomplish great things. There is a small gift shop and an indoor museum and 15 minute movie in addition to walking the grounds with the guide.
Written July 31, 2021
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Lee L
Valhalla, NY2,143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I showed up to visit the site on a rainy day in September following the hours listed on the NPS site I showed up around 9 and the parking lot was deserted. If you click the link here it goes to the National Park Service but the site is run by the State of Vermont. About 10 minutes later an employee showed up. She told me that normally they don't open until 10 but they had 2 buses coming at 9:30 and they could let me in then.

There is a nice video on the life of Calvin Coolidge. They have 2 small rooms of exhibits. 1 is gifts given to the President by foreign dignitaries, the other follows his life in politics with a timeline of his life.

Afterwards you can walk up to the town and go thru the buildings. The store that his father used to run is still a store. Above it they have an exhibit detailing how this space was used during the summer when Coolidge came here. In the back of the store is where Coolidge was born including the bed that he was born in. Across the street is the house the Coolidge's moved to and the parlor of that house was where Coolidge was sworn in by his father when he found out that President Harding had died. Both of these buildings have docents which will tell you about the building.

There are a couple of other buildings. A cheese company that Coolidge's father helped found that still makes and sells cheese, the town chapel and a barn which has a lot of farming equipment and other tools used during the period.
Written October 29, 2023
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jeff77664
Downingtown, PA580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Went here in late August.

Have been to other president related sites (LJB in Texas as an example).
Found this to be really interesting.
Staff was friendly. Tour is about 45 minutes and goes over history of Calvin Coolidge
Alot of buildings are open
Recommend to take the tour if you have time.
Written October 17, 2021
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Neil B
Auckland, New Zealand1,436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We made a last minute decision to visit, after seeing the site signposted from the freeway, and we’re glad we did. Our tour guide Carl was excellent. He told Coolidge’s story with plenty of facts but also interspersed with unsubstantiated, but credible sounding, tales that added colour. The site itself is incredible - a whole village preserved as it was at the time Coolidge was born and grew up. Also a nice little museum and clean restrooms. We spent about two hours at the site, including the 45 minute guided tour.
Written August 31, 2023
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brandasa
Centerville, OH1,340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a whole town that has been left in the 1900's. There is his birthplace, childhood home, and old barn. It was excellent to see - and I really enjoyed it. Just be sure to realize this is more of an old time tour of his childhood and life at the time than it is focused on his presidency. There is a small museum but it didn't cover his presidential campaign or what he really did during his presidency.

Definitely do the guided tour (included in the $10 price). We spent almost 3 hours.
Written August 5, 2022
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mbpman
River Forest Illinois82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This was the unexpected highlight of a week in Vermont. You have to go there to appreciate how a boy from this small, small dot on the map rose to such prominence by way of small town virtues, hard work and ethics. The docents were excellent. Do not miss the cemetery. Again, we find a President of the United States buried in nice, proper cemetery with generations of his family and with other nearby town folk. The house in which was sworn in as President is there for your perusal. I am jaded, but this place made me proud to be an American.
Written October 9, 2021
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD2,515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
While in Vermont, my husband and I stopped here. We've been to a few other presidential sites around the country and this one is one of my favorites. We arrived right as the last tour was starting at 4pm. The tour included the church he attended, his childhood home and the home his family lived in (also where he was sworn in as president by his father). Much of what's in the homes were kept in the family for years until it was given to the historians who run this place, so a lot of what you see is original and not restorations. The tour was about 40 minutes long. Inside the visitor center, there is a video, a small museum and a gift shop. The gravesite is right around the corner from this site and is located in a family cemetery. The price was cheap for the tour also.
Written July 24, 2022
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,932 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This stop has it all for history lovers. Free parking on site with a decent sized visitor's center/gift shop. There is a film about the president and site. I highly encourage you to pay for the docent led tour so you can enter a few of the buildings. Great insight.
Written July 14, 2022
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ5,292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
This village is left like a time piece back to the days when Calvin Coolidge lived here. There is a visitor center which has a movie, a church which offers programs, and Coolidge’s father’s cheese factory where you can still buy cheese. Unfortunately they only had large pieces of cheese. It wasn’t crowded when we were there.
Written October 24, 2021
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