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. Photo: Stephen Bonk/Fotolia
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