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“Interesting house and story”

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.
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
83 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Interesting house and story”
Reviewed October 20, 2010

We visited the house and grounds on a busy weekend. Access to the house is by guided-tour and we had to wait a while for a place. In the meantime the person at the desk suggested we take a walk in the grounds using a map which marked points where Robert Frost poems had been posted. This was a good walk round the nearer part of the estate and an interesting way to use the time before the tour.

The tour covered the history of the estate and its owners, with particular emphasis on the importance in the conservation movement. Once inside the house some of the art (paintings, objects etc) was described as well as the more "domestic" items on show. This was interesting and informative.

The house is set in a garden adjacent to a large wooded area, across the road from the farm-complex and car park. We did not explore the farm.

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Boston
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Conservation history wrapped in a Victorian house”
Reviewed July 13, 2009

Just outside the center of town, the mansion is a fascinating time capsule of the 1960s Rockefeller era. The house is in a beautiful setting, hidden from the road by a series of hedges -- don't miss it! -- across the street from Billings Farm. It was left to the NPS with all the furnishings and personal effects in tact, so the interior is a curious but delightful design mix, from Tiffany windows and Hudson River School paintings to kitschy plaid rugs and some very modern Yankee ingenuity. The guide was quite knowledgeable and blended some wonderful personal detail with insights about each era. But the truly inspiring heart of the story ("a house in 3 chapters") was its conservation theme, including an account of Vermont's radical transformation from stripped lands to forests. All in all, the tour was a lovely way to spend 1 - 1-1/2 hours getting a more personal sense of the area's history.

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philadelphia area
Level 6 Contributor
349 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
“Really pretty...and its free!”
Reviewed June 29, 2009

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.

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United States
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Love the Partnership between NPS and Non-profit”
Reviewed February 1, 2008

Loved the Estate and the garden, loved the mansion, thought the farm with its genetic bovine and equine history was quite interesting. Docents were very knowledgeable about the workings of the houses. This place represents a place in the human history regarding mans consciousness about the earth and how we affect it, How we can make it a better place. All this from a lovely setting.

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Reviewed March 31, 2002

Absolutely incredible place that shows the importance of conservation and the relationship between farms, progress and nature. Great for Kids,too.

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