Calvin Coolidge Homestead District is in the Plymouth Notch community in Vermont. The Homestead is President Calvin Coolidge’s boyhood home, but where he spent a lot of time as an adult and took the oath of office on August 3rd, 1923. The district is comprised of the Coolidge home, Cilley General Store, post office, Wilder Restaurant, church, barns, dance hall, and the Plymouth Cheese Factory.

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1.History & Attractions

History & Attractions
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The Historic District at the center of Plymouth Notch is comprised of many historic buildings associated with the 30th President of The United States of America, Calvin Coolidge and early 19th century rural Vermont.

The home that President Coolidge was born in and lived at until 1887 was also the home in which he was sworn in as president. He willed the home to his only surviving son who then donated the homestead to the State of Vermont in 1956. Within a year, the homestead was dedicated as a historic shrine and opened to the public.

The Calvin Coolidge Homestead District is a National Historic Landmark and is managed by the State of Vermont as the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. The Aldrich House is open year-round, but the rest of the homestead is only open for visitors seasonally from Summer through Fall. Hours and date will be listed annually on their website.

The entire Historic District of Plymouth Notch is full of old farm houses, a school house, churches, historic buildings, a general store, post office, and more that have ties to President Coolidge and his family. President Coolidge is buried in the town cemetery and most of the village is owned and operated by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Many of the buildings are unchanged since the 20th century and have their original, preserved furnishings.

Coolidge Museum and Education Center- Built in 1972, this is one of the newer buildings in the village but with a style similar to the stone look of the other buildings. An addition in 2010 expanded the center to include meeting rooms, classrooms, restrooms, classrooms, more exhibit space, and other amenities. Visitors will learn all about the life of President Calvin Coolidge and his rise to become the President from rural farm life in Vermont. The exhibits in the museum are interactive and meant for guests of all ages. Along with the permanent exhibit More Than Two Worlds, that examines the President’s life, there are also special exhibits that are shown at the museum as well. The 2016 exhibit featured gifts that Coolidge received as the President. The office and research library can also be found in the Education Center.

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2.More Attractions

More Attractions
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Wilder Barns: Visitors to the barns will learn all about agriculture and farm life in the early 20th century in rural Vermont. This site features top of the line farming equipment.

Plymouth Cheese Factory: Lean all about why Vermont is famous for their cheeses and the history of the granular curd Plymouth Cheese. Visitors will see the equipment used in the original 1890 cheese factory including vats, presses and much more.

Summer White House Office: President Coolidge used this building as his 1924 summer white house office, but it was also used for large dances and events. The building is still furnished with office desks for President Coolidge’s staffers and instruments from the Old-Time Dance Orchestra.

Coolidge Homestead: The home that President Coolidge grew up in until he left for school. Tours are offered of the home which was also used frequently for funerals as it was across from the church where Calvin’s father was a deacon.

Coolidge Birthplace: A smaller home in the village that was where Calvin Coolidge was born. The bed in which Calvin was born is still in the home even, as well as a set of chairs made by a family member and other heirlooms and antiques.

Coolidge Farm Shop: A small tool shed set up with all the needed equipment for farm maintenance.

Aldrich House: This home once belonged to President Coolidge’s stepmother and was later purchased by the owner of the Plymouth Cheesemaker. The cheesemaker’s daughter used the home as a tea room and gift shop with cabins nearby for tourist in the early 1900’s.

Plymouth Notch Walking Trails: Two are two walking trails in the Homestead District. The east meadow nature trail is one mile long and begins behind the museum going through the meadow and the East Mountain over the stream. The One Cellar Hole Walking Trail is ½ mile that is west of the school house and ventures past the sugar house and farmhouse.

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3780 Rte. 100A in Plymouth, Vermont, 05056, Phone: 802-672-3773

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