The small, picturesque, New England town of Woodstock is situated on the Eastern most border of Vermont with New Hampshire. James Sanderson was the first settler in 1768 and by the Revolutionary War, the population had reached 1600 people. Today Woodstock has just over 3,000 inhabitants, and retains its small town charm.
The most popular tourist attraction in the area is the Billings Farm and Museum. Visitors will find a number of inns and restaurants in Woodstock as well. The Village Green is the central square and a stroll around it reveals a number of Federal Style, Georgian and Greek revival homes.
We recommend that you call the attractions and restaurants ahead of your visit to confirm current opening times.
1.Billings Farm, Woodstock, Vermont
2.Sugarbush Farm, Woodstock, VT
3.Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
4.Things to Do in Woodstock, Vermont: Mount Tom
5.Things to Do in Woodstock, Vermont: Taftsville Covered Bridge
6.Ottauquechee River, Woodstock, Vermont
7.Things to Do in Woodstock, Vermont: Norman Williams Public Library
8.Things to Do in Woodstock, Vermont: Cloudland Farm
9.The Lincoln Inn and Restaurant, Woodstock, Vermont
10 Best Things to Do in Woodstock, Vermont
- Billings Farm, Woodstock, Vermont, Photo: Billings Farm
- Sugarbush Farm, Woodstock, VT, Photo: Sugarbush Farm
- Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Photo: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
- Things to Do in Woodstock, Vermont: Mount Tom, Photo: Roman Sigaev/stock.adobe.com
- Things to Do in Woodstock, Vermont: Taftsville Covered Bridge, Photo: Christian Delbert/stock.adobe.com
- Ottauquechee River, Woodstock, Vermont, Photo: Vinoverde/stock.adobe.com
- Things to Do in Woodstock, Vermont: Norman Williams Public Library, Photo: Norman Williams Public Library
- Things to Do in Woodstock, Vermont: Cloudland Farm, Photo: Cloudland Farm
- The Lincoln Inn and Restaurant, Woodstock, Vermont, Photo: The Lincoln Inn and Restaurant
- Cover Photo: Bram/stock.adobe.com
Attraction Spotlight: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Visitors to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont have access to 554 acres of forest, a mansion that is over 200 years old, and community events to explore. This is Vermont’s only national park site. The National Historical Park was created when President George W. Bush on August 26, 1992 when he signed an act into law that appointed the park as a place to preserve the history of conservation stewardship in America.
The park would also recognize the contributions of George Perkins Marsh, Frederick Billings, and preserve and maintain the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion and surrounding acreage and holdings.
Visitors can tour the mansion, were three pioneering American families once lived, the formal gardens, hike trails, and visit exhibits in the carriage barn. The park offers education on conservation stewardship and works in conjunction with the Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum which sits next to the park.
There are many activities for the entire family and at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. The park offers a Winter & Spring program flyer online which is the best source of information on detailed special events and program information at the park.
Ranger Guided Programs- The National Historical Park is the country’s oldest sustainably managed forest and rangers are available four times per day for guided tours of the trails, property, and mansion. Themes of these tours vary seasonally. Detailed information on the narrative of tours, meeting times and places and ticketing information can be found on the national park service website. Some of the tours include a focus on how women shaped the Billings estate, fallout shelters, Landscape paintings, hiking tours, behind the scenes tours and more.
Mansion and Gardens- The mansion was first built in 1805 for the Marsh family. Frederick Billings purchased the home in 1869 and renovated the entire home into a Queen Anne Style. It remained untouched until the Rockefellers inherited the home in 1954 and began modernizing the interior. The house was placed on the National Historic Landmark Registry in 1967 and was dedicated by Lady Bird Johnson.
Carriage Barn- The Visitor’s Center and Bookstore can be found in the 1895 restored Carriage Barn. There is an educational exhibit on conservation People taking care of Places here, a library, and maps for self-guided tours. The Carriage Barn is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5pm from Memorial Day weekend through Halloween.
Hiking or Walking- Take a hike or walk on one of the trails through Mont Tom Forest. Visit The Pogue, a man made pond tucked into the hillside of the mountains that is spring fed. The Pogue is said to be bottomless and was created in the 19th century.
Winter Sports- Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are offered at the park during winter months, weather permitting. The average winter snow fall is upwards of 80 inches and freezing temperatures are common from November to March.
Working Woodlands Workshops- These workshops are held throughout the year at the park and are hosted by forestry professionals, scientists, landowners, community members, and other inspirational figures that want to explore topics in woodland education. Some of these topics include tree identification, sawmilling, animal tracking, trail maintenance, how to control invasive plant species, conservation, low impact gardening and more.
Junior Ranger Program- kids in grades 7-12 are welcome to participate in the Junior Ranger Program where they can shadow a park ranger and learn about the National Historical Park. These programs are offered during the summer.
Civil War Home Front Walking Tour- The National Park system is part of the walking tour that was piloted in 2003. The tour goes through the entire town of Woodstock including the Home of Senator Jacob Collamer, the First Congressional Church, River Street Cemetery, Adjutant General Peter Washburn’s Office, and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. The park was the home of George Perkins Marsh who was Lincoln’s ambassador to Italy and argued the Union’s cause.
The park buildings are open to the public from May to October however, educators to encouraged to access the park and its buildings any time of the year and to work with Park Education Coordinators to discuss the best ways to meet the needs of students and curriculum goals. Teachers materials and resource guides are available online through the national park service website.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park is pleased to offer an Artist in Residence Studio found at the Horse Shed in the Meadow. Although originally built to house Mary Rockefeller’s horses in 1961, the shed is now an artist’s studio and has a platinum LEED certified classroom and meeting space. Artists much arrange for their own living accommodations but are free to work and hold classes in the Horse Shed.
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