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This information comes as courtesy of the Windows on Woodstock compiled by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce. Booklets are available at 506.

Sites of Interest in Woodstock

Billings Farm & Museum
One of the finest dairy farms in America and an award-winning museum of Vermont’s rural past. Get comfortable with its famous Jersey cows, sheep, draft horses, oxen, and chickens through daily programs including the afternoon milking, hands- on activities, and events. Engaging farm life exhibits, 1890 Farm House, and the Academy Award®-nominee film A Place in the Land showcase this model farm, sustained by the Billings and Rockefeller families since 1871. May 1–Oct. 31, 10:00–5:00; Weekends in Nov.–Feb. and Christmas and Feb. vacation weeks, 10:00–3:30; Route 12, half-mile north of the village of Woodstock. GPS: 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, VT.
www.billingsfarm.org

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Home to pioneer conservationist George Perkins Marsh, the park includes a model forest developed by Frederick Billings and continued by granddaughter, Mary French Rockefeller and her husband, Laurance S. Rockefeller. The park focuses on conservation themes and the stewardship of working landscapes and agricultural countryside. The Carriage Barn Visitor Center is open from Memorial Day weekend through October. Tours of the forest, mansion, and gardens are offered daily. Maps are available at the Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce.
www.nps.gov/mabi

Middle Bridge
Known as Covered Bridge, this structure was built in 1969. It is the new- est all-peg-constructed covered bridge in the State and was pulled into place by a team of oxen. Tragically, it was burned by vandals in 1974, however, restored through the generosity of the community. It spans the Ottauquechee River and welcomes visitors on a walk around River Street and Mountain Avenue, past some of Woodstock’s most beautiful homes.

Norman Williams Public library
Built in 1883 by Dr. Edward Williams in loving memory of his parents, Norman and Mary, Woodstock’s beautiful red stone library occupies a central spot on the Green. Open Monday through Saturday 9am–5pm with hours extended to 7pm on Wednesday evening, the library offers locals and visitors alike a comfortable reading room enhanced by a cozy fireplace, complete with national and local newspapers, as well as free Wi-Fi and computers, story times, and other special events. Check the website for additional information. Public internet access is available.
www.normanwilliams.lib.vt.us

Paul Revere Church Bells
Woodstock is the only American town with five of the bells manufactured at the Massachusetts foundry once owned by Paul Revere. The earliest, dating to 1818 and purchased for $351, is on the porch of the Congregational Church. Another rests in the garden of The Woodstock Inn & Resort. Three others still ring at the Masonic Temple (formerly the Christian Church), St. James Episcopal Church, and the North Universalist Chapel Society.

Woodstock Historical Society / Woodstock History Center
The 1807 Dana House Museum is open seasonally from mid-June to mid-October displaying 19th-century furnishings, art, toys, furniture, tools, china, textiles and clothing. The History Center, featuring an extensive research library and archive, is open year-round and offers a variety of monthly programs and events.
www.woodstockhistorical.org

Arts & Museums

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
The birthplace of the 30th President of the United States; born on July 4. Homes remain as they were at the beginning of the century. New museum and Education Center; state-of-the-art interpretive exhibits with period newsreels, audio recordings, flip books, and oral responses from Calvin Coolidge. Fine perennial gardens. National Historic Landmark Plymouth Cheese Factory located here, open and making cheese regularly for the public to view. Open 9:30am–5pm daily, from Memorial Day through October 14th.

www.historicvermont.org/coolidge

Montshire Museum of Science
An amazing museum for people of all ages. More than 140 hands-on exhibits indoors and out, daily programs, visiting exhibitions, outdoor Science Park, trails, View Space in theater, Museum Store. Open daily, 10am–5pm (closed Christmas and Thanksgiving). Admission $12 for adults, $10 for children 2–17, free for members and children under 2 years of age. Norwich, Vermont; located off Exit 13, I-91. Parking is Free.
www.montshire.org

Pentangle Arts Council
Historic Town Hall Theatre and Pentangle. First run movies on the biggest screen in the Upper Valley. Features state- of-the-art Dolby digital sound in an old-fashioned setting. Full concessions featuring maple popcorn.
www.PentangleArts.org

Purple Crayon Productions
Purple Crayon Productions is a community space where people are given the opportunity to have joyful, meaningful and satisfying experiences through visual arts and music. Our mission is to provide families in the Woodstock area and surrounding communities with an arts-based, creative environment.
www.purplecrayonproductions.com

Woodstock Historical Society / Woodstock History Center
The 1807 Dana House Museum is open seasonally from mid-June to mid-October displaying 19th century furnishings, art, toys, furniture, tools, china, textiles, and clothing. The History Center, featuring an extensive research library and archive, is open year-round and offers a variety of monthly programs and events.
www.woodstockhistorycenter.org

Farming & Agriculture

The Vermont Seal of Quality marks specialty foods with the state flower — the red clover.

Appledore Farm
A small family-operated riding facility with a focus on classical dressage located in Hartland. We enjoy working and living with our three horses, five dogs, and cat. We treat our guest boarding horses as lovingly as our own.
www.appledore-farm.com

Bourdon Maple Farm
Taps up to 7,000 maple trees and produces over 2,400 gallons of syrup yearly. Call, email, or visit the farm to buy direct. Call in March and April to find out when we are boiling.
donbourdon@comcast.net

Cloudland Farm
Just a few scenic miles from Woodstock Village. In our farm store find natural Angus beef, prepared foods, and Ver- mont products. Make a reservation at our restaurant for an enchanting farm-to-table dining experience—seasonal menus crafted by our chef.
www.cloudlandfarm.com

Farms for City Kids
In our 20th year, we are a non-profit organization, continuing to teach sustainability and the importance of school lessons through farming to inner city children.
www.farmsforcitykids.org

Kedron Sugar Makers
Six generations of sugar makers at the same location. Open daily in season. Maple syrup available year round at Kedron Valley Stables. 6102 Kendall Road, South Woodstock.
www.kedron.com

Maplewood Orchards
518-798-1342, 5318 River Road, Woodstock

Mount Tom Farmers’ Market
Locally grown products and local artisans. Located in the Mt. Tom parking lot, Rte. 12, half-mile north of the village.

Plymouth Artisan Cheese
Located at the Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth Notch. One of the oldest cheese operations in the U.S., we produce artisanal raw cow’s milk cheeses with milk received from a single local herd that we continually monitor for quality. All of our milk comes from a farm that engages in the best dairy practices and humane treatment of their livestock.

Sugarbush Farm
A tasty farm attraction with cheese, maple syrup, Vermont foods, free tasting, free admission, maple sugar house tour and nature walk. Wedding chapel. Farm animals. Shipping available. Three miles east of Woodstock, turn left and cross the covered bridge. Follow signs for three miles.
www.sugarbushfarm.com

Top Acre Farm
Drive out to the beautiful hills of South Woodstock to learn how maple syrup is made here at Top Acres Farm. Visit our sugarhouse and farm store. We sell our excellent quality syrup in glass, traditional tins, and jugs. We offer all grades by the gallon and smaller sizes. Please call ahead.

Vermont Farmstead Cheese
Makers of farmstead and artisanal old-world cheeses with Vermont quality, authenticity, and style. Visit our website for recipes, videos, and more.
www.vermontfarmstead.com

To The North

Barnard, 12 miles on route 12
Dorothy Thompson Memorial
The park commemorates the late Dorothy Thompson, a renowned journalist, who along with Sinclair Lewis put the first Twin Farms on the map through their literary work. Her gravesite is in the cemetery across from Silver Lake State Park.

Silver Lake
In the summer it boasts some of the best open water swimming in the state. Full camping facilities. Kayaks and canoes welcome along with the occasional windsurfer. In March or April, the “winner takes all” who guesses the correct day and time when “George”, the stuffed scarecrow will disappear through the melting ice. In any season, Silver Lake is a special place to visit.
www.vtstateparks.com/htm/silver.cfm

South Royalton, 23 miles
Joseph Smith Monument
Mormon prophet’s birthplace. Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was born near here on Dec. 23, 1805. A visitor’s center and a 38-foot-high polished granite shaft monument commemorates his life. On Dairy Hill Road, take Exit 2 in Sharon and go 2 miles off Rte. 14. Open year round. 9am–7pm in Summer and 9am–5pm in Winter.
www.lds.org

Randolph, 25 miles on route 12
Randolph Area Chamber
A lively center of trade, retail, services and industry offering the added amenity of beautiful natural surroundings. Serving Randolph and the White River Valley region.
www.randolphvt.com

The Porter Music Box Museum and Company
Reproductions of Victorian and early American music boxes. Recently introduced, is a collector’s collection of 19th and 20th century memorabilia from all over the world. On Rte. 66. Open Monday through Saturday 9am–5pm, August through October. Open Sunday Noon to 4pm. $6.50 per person. AAA discount available.
www.portermusicbox.com

Neighborly Farms of Vermont
On Vermont Cheese Trail; organic cheeses produced here; visitors welcome. Call ahead for special events and cheese-making schedule. In Randolph Center. Open Monday through Saturday, 10am–4pm.
www.neighborlyfarms.com

Strafford, 29 miles
Justin Smith Morrill Homestead
A National Historic Landmark and Gothic revival home of U.S. Congressman and Senator Justin Smith Morrill, the man responsible for the acts establishing the Land Grant Colleges, forerunner to many State universities. Open late May through mid-October, Saturdays and Sundays 11am–5pm.
www.HistoricVermont.org/Morrill

To The East

Taftsville, 4 miles on route 4
Taftsville Covered Bridge
Built in 1836 and overlooking the hydro-electric dam on the Ottauquechee River, this bridge is the second longest and third oldest bridge in Vermont. Three-mile River Road is a dirt concourse, ideal for cycling and walking that parallels the river to the bridge.

Quechee, 8 miles

www.quechee.com

Hartford Area Chamber
A charming town brought back from a quiet time after its woolen mills closed. Known for the Quechee Lakes Development Corporation and the fine homes built through the 1970s and 80s it is also the home of Simon Pearce, a world-class glassmaker who started here in Quechee.
www.hartfordchamber.org

Vermont Institute of Natural Science
The VINS Nature Center includes state-of-the-art raptor exhibits, a system of nature trails, the VINS Nature Shop and a raptor rehabilitation facility. Live bird of prey demonstrations are offered year round. Check our website or call for program details. Admission is $9 for adults. Open for visitors Wednesday through Sunday with various activities from 10am–4pm during the winter.
www.vinsweb.org

Simon Pearce
Internationally recognized Simon Pearce glass and pottery; carpets and tapestries woven by Irish weavers on premises. Superb restaurant overlooking the falls of the Ottauquechee River. Glass blowing, pottery and weaving demonstrations daily. A larger showroom and factory are located in Windsor. Overlooks dramatic falls spanned by covered bridge. Shop is open 9am–9pm. Restaurant open from 11:30am–2:45pm (no reservations taken). Dinner served from 6pm–9pm daily and reservations are suggested.
www.simonpearce.com

Quechee Gorge State Park
Quechee Gorge, the chasm for which the river is named by the Abenaki Nation (Ottauquechee means “waters of the chasm”), is a 165-foot gorge formed 13,000 years ago. Enjoy a mile and a half hike to the rocky bottom to look back at the former train trestle bridge which holds Rte. 4 today.
www.vtstateparks.com

Quechee Polo
A fast-paced, live game on some of the best polo ponies in the northeast. Games held at 2pm on Saturdays. Bring a picnic to the Polo Field to enjoy the home games mid-June through late-August. Rain date is often Sunday.
White River Junction, 14 miles on route 4
www.vthorse.com

New England Transportation Museum
A museum celebrating the area’s rail, river, and road history. Exhibits illustrate over 400 years of transportation history. Activities, educational resources, family events. Open Wednesday–Saturday.
www.newenglandtransportationmuseum.org

Northern Stage
Superb talent north of the urban centers brings the best of current and classical theater to the Upper Valley. Call or visit the website for this season’s schedule.
www.northernstage.org

Norwich, 24 miles

Norwich is the former home to the military school, Norwich University, now in Northfield, Vermont. Across the river from Hanover, New Hampshire, it boasts beautiful examples of 18th and 19th century architecture.

King Arthur Flour
Bakery, store and school with cooking demonstrations and classes held frequently. Open Monday through Saturday 8:30am–6pm, Sundays from 8:30am-4pm for the retail store located on Rte. 5 South.
www.kingarthurflour.com

Montshire Museum of Science
Amazing museum for families. Hands-on, interactive activities, and programs open year round 10am–5pm. Extended hours from 5–7:30pm. Friday evenings from July 10 through August 31. Admission $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for children 2-17, and under two are free. Located at Exit 13 off Rte. 91. Parking is free.
www.montshire.org

Revels North
Revels North is an Upper Valley non-profit arts organization that welcomes all ages to celebrate the seasons in performance through the power of traditional song, dance, storytelling and ritual. Summer Solstice Festival: Saturday, June 19, 6pm, Marion Cross schoolyard, Norwich, VT. Winter Solstice show: December 16–19, Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH. Saturday and Sunday shows include a matinee and a evening performance.
www.revelsnorth.org

Lebanon, NH, 25 miles

Opera North
Every August at the Lebanon Opera House, Opera North performs a two week season of professional opera with singers from all over the world. Events throughout the year such as “Sherry and Sopranos” and opera in schools are held in Woodstock and surrounding towns.
www.operanorth.org

Shopping
Lebanon features a selection of department stores

To The Southeast

Hartland, 12 miles on route 12
Eshua Bog
Open for touring Tuesday through Sunday throughout the summer and fall.

Windsor, 17 miles
American Precision Museum
The national center for the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history of precision manufacturing. Exploring the machines and tools that have changed the world-collections and exhibits of machines tools, typewriters, sewing machines, fire arms, hand tools, and more. This museum holds the nation’s largest collection of historically significant machine tools. 1846 National Historic Landmark. Events and gift shop. Open late May-early November from 10am–5pm. Adults $6.00; seniors and students $4.00; under 6 free; Family $18. 10% discount for AAA.
www.americanprecision.org

Cornish Colony museum
The works of artist/illustrator Maxfield Parrish who was part of the famous Cornish Colony of artists in the 1910s and 1920s.
www.almagilbert.com

Old Constitution House
The state of Vermont was born in this restored tavern in 1777. The Vermont Constitution was the first to prohibit slavery, not requiring property ownership to vote, and to establish public schools. An exhibit examines the Revolutionary War period, the writing of Vermont’s Constitution, and its significance today.
Open late-May to mid-October, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am–5:30 pm.
www.HistoricVermont.org/constitution

Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge
This 465-foot span bridge across the Connecticut River is the longest covered bridge in New England and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world.
Cornish, NH, 20 miles

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
Open May to October, 9am–4:30pm. Home, perennial gardens, studio of renowned sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens. Sunday concert series July-August at 2pm. 150 acres for hiking.
www.sgnhs.org/saga.html

To The South

South Woodstock, 6 miles
Green Mountain Perkins Academy Museum & Historical Society
From 1848-1898, it was mainly a co-ed secondary, boarding school. This pristine structure and its many artifacts take you back 150 years. Open to the public Saturdays from 2–5pm during July, August and Labor Day Weekend or by appointment.

Green Mountain Horse Association
GMHA hosts over 65 competitive and educational equine activities each year. Watch the thrill of three-day eventing, the beauty and precision of dressage, or the elegance of driving competitions. Spectators welcome and volunteers are often appreciated. Call ahead.
www.gmhinc.org

Reading, 10 miles on rte. 106
Indian Stones monument
This monument honors a pregnant woman captured by Indians, taken to Montreal to the Redcoats, and then sent back to her home near the Connecticut River.

To The West

Plymouth, 14 miles on rte. 4 to rte. 100A
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
The birthplace of the 30th President of the United States; born on July 4. Homes remain as they were at the beginning of the century. New museum and Education Center; state-of-the-art interpretive exhibits with period newsreels, audio recordings, flip books, and oral responses from Calvin Coolidge. Fine perennial gardens. National Historic Landmark Plymouth Cheese Factory located here, open and making cheese regularly for the public to view. Open 9:30am–5pm daily, from Memorial Day through October 14th.
www.historicvermont.org/coolidge

Farm and Wilderness Foundation
Our nonprofit organization operates six summer camps for children ages 4-17, a family camp and retreat facilities. Our programs share these common themes: Wilderness experiences, organic farms and gardens, living in community, cooperative work and service, life of the spirit and home grown art, music and dance.
www.farmandwilderness.org

Killington, 25 miles west on route 4
From the top of Killington Peak is where the State was christened “Vermont” by French explorers, now known as the Green Mountain State. Hiking on the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail go over the peak that features skiing in the winter—four-season cultural events are offered.

Killington Chamber of Commerce
www.killingtonchamber.com

Killington Gondola
For sightseeing in the summer-K-1 off the Killington Mountain Road is typically open May 1st through October 8th. Visitors should call ahead for specifics.

Killington Ski Area
www.killington.com

Killington Music Festival
This chamber music program of international stature offers a Saturday concert series featuring world-renowned musicians, a six-week residency program for talented young artists.
www.killingtonmusicfestival.org

Rutland, 31 miles west on route 4
Vermont’s second most populated city with a marble quarry, excellent restaurants, and Amtrak station to points south including Albany and New York City.

New England Maple Museum
The most complete collection of sugaring artifacts in existence, over 200 years of maple history, giant murals, antiques, demonstrations, tours, tastings, slide show, and gift shop. Closed January and February.
www.maplemuseum.com

Chaffee Center for the Visual Arts
The Chaffee Art Center represents over 200 artists working in virtually every medium from painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking and fine furniture. Curates eight dynamic exhibitions each year, provides a full line of art classes for all ages and abilities. Open 10am–5pm, Monday (Closed Tuesday) through Saturday. Noon to 4pm on Sundays.
www.chaffeeartcenter.org