Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

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Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park
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Nestled among the rolling hills and pastures of eastern-central Vermont, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park tells the story of conservation history and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America.
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jmpncsu
Raleigh, NC4,369 contributions
Aug 2021
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is the only National Park Service unit in Vermont. We took our dog here for a hike while visiting the area as the trails are dog friendly and to get a passport stamp. Beautiful carriage paths through the rolling hills. We hiked as far the Pogue, a little mountain lake and also stopped by the mansion and gardens for some pictures. There were monarch butterflies in the open areas and we saw a groundhog too. Overall, a beautiful park dedicated to the history of conservation and definitely worth a visit if in the area.
Written October 12, 2021
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ4,884 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
I didn’t do any of the trails here so I couldn’t comment on those but I did do the walk through of the first floor of the mansion. They only let so many in at a time and you must wear masks, not sure if the masks are only for unvaccinated. The tours have been suspended due to pandemic. The park ranger at the exit gives you some information on the grounds. It is easy to combine with Billings Farm and it is free.
Written October 29, 2021
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Robert S
Lawrence, KS2,663 contributions
Aug 2019
This park was created as a conservation history site, because the Marsh in the name refers to G.P. Marsh who was an early conservationists in the US. The Billings and later the Rockefellers added to the park and finally it was given the NPS.
We tool the Art Tour of the mansion and were impressed with the grandeur of the building and the art collection within.
We did not know anything about the park and were happy we found it.
Written March 20, 2020
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Nico Samneil Sy Salado
Cebu Island, Philippines581 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
A historic family owned place until donated to the county to become a tourist action. A very good place to think and enjoy the beauty of the past. A well preserved home. You could really tell how many could go far.
Written June 20, 2022
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Weeble44
Houston, TX4 contributions
May 2015 • Family
The farm tour was OUTSTANDING! The tour of the Rockefeller home would have been great if we didn't get the one hour lecture by the park ranger on how we've screwed up the environment and that Mrs Rockerfeller, Marsh and Billings are the only ones who have pulled us back from the cliff. The focus of the tour was on conservation so I thought it quite ironic that Rockefeller continued to live in a house with 14 bathrooms! They burned wood for heat. I'm not going to ramble. The house is exquisite and great to tour if you can stomach the bilge that the park ranger spews.
Written May 27, 2015
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Ed C
New York City84 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
The mansion is next to the Billings Farm and it is worth it to get the combination ticket to see both. You will learn about the history of the mansion and the owners who helped start the conservation movement in America. The park rangers are knowledgeable not only about the history of the mansion and its owners but the history of the are and the conversation movement. The mansion
Written September 24, 2012
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CarolDM1900
Montpelier, VT3,239 contributions
Oct 2020
PLEASE SCROLL TO END FOR IMPORTANT NOTE.

This is Vermont's only national historical park (the other NPS sites are Green Mountain National Forest in Rutland and Moosalamo National Recreation Area in Hancock). That makes it special for people who live here and an interesting attraction for those who come from out of state and want to learn a little history while taking in Vermont's beautiful natural scenery. From late September to late October it is the perfect place to enjoy the fall foliage. Admission is free.

The park centers on the 1805/7 mansion and gardens, along with the 1895 carriage barn which serves as its visitor center. Unfortunately, these are temporarily closed due to the pandemic. If getting a tour of the mansion to view things like Albert Bierstadt's famous 1870 painting "Cathedral Rock, Yosemite" or other fine works of art, architecture and decoration is the sole reason to come here, I suggest you confirm in advance if it is open for tours. The park is opening by phases.

As to the visitor center, while it is closed you can still pick up a very nice park guide right at the entrance. This gives a good deal of historical information and includes a map of the very extensive grounds, almost 450 sq. acres that include a large pond with a lovely view of Woodstock, many old carriage roads for easy strolling, and trails for those who would enjoy hiking through the forest, with each section's trees identified on the map by type and year of planting. This is very much a conserved place, where the three families who made it their home put into practice the principles of responsible, science-based stewardship that have not only sustained but improved it for future generations.

If it's a beautiful day and you'd like to spend even more time outside, right across the street from the park entrance you will find the Billings Farm and Museum, which features a working dairy farm and exhibits about agriculture and rural life. Scenery there is also delightful in the fall.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The parking lot that serves both the Billings Farm & Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Site was nearly full on the day I visited. I noticed that many cars had out-of-state plates. If you plan to visit Vermont, please be aware that there are travel restrictions and quarantine requirements depending on your state and county. Make sure you know the cross state travel information for the place you live. It is available online via the Vermont Official State Website.

Be aware also that Vermont has a mask mandate requiring both Vermonters and visitors to wear masks or cloth facial coverings over their noses and mouths any time they are in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, where they come in contact with others and it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.

I was frankly shocked by the number of people NOT wearing masks and NOT keeping 6 feet of social distancing. Please follow the rules so that wonderful places like this can stay open for everyone to enjoy.
Written October 11, 2020
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Steve5863
Avon, OH13,020 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller preserves the mansion that was the home of three prominent conservationist families starting with George Perkins Marsh, author of Man and Nature in which he warned that man can destroy himself and Earth if man does not restored and sustain its resources and inspiring the modern conservationist movement.

The park also preserves over 550 acres of the nation’s oldest sustainably managed forests with about 20 miles (32k) of trails and carriage paths open for hiking spring, summer and fall, and for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.

The visitor center, located in the restored carriage house, is open from Memorial Day to October 31 and features an excellent film about the three families that lived here and their leadership in the environmental conservation movement. Here one can also purchase tickets to tour the mansion and gardens; the maximum group size is small and the tour often sells out during peak times so one is encouraged to call ahead and make reservations.

The mansion is quite interesting in that it is a mix of old, including a Tiffney stained glass window and a number of Hudson River School paintings, and new as it is kept in the state of preservation from when it was donated to the National Park Service by Laurence and Mary Rockefeller, the last residents of the mansion who championed the preservation of many other national parks and passage key Federal conservation legislation.

Although not part of the National Historic Site, parking is across the road at the Billings Farm and Museum which was started by Frederick Billings as an example of sustainable farming and today serves as a living history museum and is well worth a visit as a companion to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller.
Written November 18, 2018
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Michael R
Arlington, MA34 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Wonderful set of carriage paths and smaller forest footpaths.

Recommend the North Ridge Loop, a gentle walk around the Pogue, and for fitter hikers, Precipice Trail up to the South Peak of Mt. Tom.

We loved our afternoon there.
Written July 23, 2015
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elawson
philadelphia area526 contributions
We stopped here to break up a long road trip. You do need to pay to tour the Victorian house...we have small children and didn't bother. We've toured mansions and houses all over the world and opted to walk through the woods. We also walked through the small garden there. The visitor center is interesting but very quickly gone through. If you have kids, they do have the Junior Ranger program there. Its very easy to do and my son loves getting a badge...again, the program here is free unlike the small fee at bigger parks.
I can't say the views are different from any other parts of Vermont but it is good to stretch your legs and the rangers are enthusiastic.
Written June 29, 2009
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