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“Outstanding place to visit. Unique National Park that has a mansion tour included.”

Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park
Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Woodstock
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Owner description: Vermont's first national park is dedicated to conservation.
Warwick, Rhode Island
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261 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Outstanding place to visit. Unique National Park that has a mansion tour included.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

The visitor center is shared with the Billings Farm - also a great place to see. Watch the film at the visitor center before touring the property if possible. Not to be missed in any event! It was nominated for an Academy Award as a documentary. The primary guided tour covers the mansion and gardens and lasts a little over an hour. We had a terrific park ranger give our tour. There are other specialized tours also available. Discount if you have a National Park card or are over 62.

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Incredible House, tour and history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

This is not to be missed for anyone who loves history. We didn't realize a reservation was needed, and just made the 3pm tour. The ranger who gave the tour was very good, made all the history humorous and interesting. This is a USA treasure.

Visited August 2013
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Sinclairville, New York
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“Love National Parks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

We did not go into the house or the farm but spent our time wandering the grounds instead. I asked a maintenance worker a couple questions and found her was FULL of wonderful information. He explained a ton of stuff about the park and told us some of his favorite places to visit. We took his suggestions and was very happy we did. Make sure to watch the video in the visitor center at the start of your visit. It will help you to understand what you are about to explore a bit better.

Visited August 2013
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Nashua, New Hampshire, United States
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“Vermont's only National Historic Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

It's easy to overlook Vermont's only National Historic Park when visiting or passing through Woodstock Vermont, but you should not miss the opportunity to stroll these grounds and learn about the early pioneers of American ecology and some of the founders of the conservation movement in the U.S. Autumn foliage tour should be an ideal time, but a summer hike through the fields, woods and mansion areas is nice too.

Visited August 2013
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Dagsboro, Delaware
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“Fabulous Mansion and Art Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

This National Historic Park is just across the street from the Billings farm & Museum. They work together so go to the farm visitor center first and buy the combination ticket to both attractions (save money). Walk across the street and up a small hill then turn to the right (away from the mansion ahead of you) to enter the visitor center. Here there are a series of displays explaining the history of the three families that once made such a difference on this site. Marsh began the farm and devised famous conservation principles for using the land without destroying it. Then Billings bought the farm and followed his predecessors instructions making the farm a national beacon of excellence. His granddaughter married Laurance Rockefeller who helped her complete her vision protecting the farm and strengthening the conservation efforts Marsh and then Billings promoted. The park is really two things, a series of hikes around the property and then a guided tour of the historic mansion. The tour is limited so it's a good idea to call the facility in advance and make a reservation. Billings was a collector of famous Hudson River School paintings some of which are on display in the mansion (no photography permitted). Be careful of little touchy fingers as the slightest hint of a nudge on any of the paintings can cause alarms to go off and swat teams to descend on ropes from hovering black hawk helicopters (well, I exaggerate but you get the idea). We had a wonderful guide; she was an intern and obviously loved doing this and knew a great deal about the history as well as the conservation theme of the park. The tour took about an hour. The home is essentially just as Mr. Rockefeller left it. Try to stump the intern with a tough question, she thrives on a challenge. You cannot get into the mansion without being on a tour. The National Park Service is one arm of the Federal Government I do not mind spending tax dollars on. Use it! The time spent here could vary from 2 hours for the museum and tour up to days of hiking. Don't miss the totally cute village of Woodstock, Vermont while here, it's a classic New England town and well worth some time.

Visited August 2013
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