Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock

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The Carriage Barn Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Memorial Day weekend (late May) to October 31. Guided tours of the Mansion and grounds are offered during this season. The park's 20 miles of trails and carriage roads are open year-round. They are available for hiking and equestrian use in the spring, summer, and fall. When winter snows arrive, used only for cross-country skiing.

The boyhood home of George Perkins Marsh, one of America's first conservationists, and later the home of Frederick Billings, the property was given to the American people by its most recent owners, Laurance S. and Mary F. Rockefeller. The park was created by an Act of Congress and signed into law by President George Bush on August 26, 1992. Under law, the purposes of the park are as follows:

- To interpret the history and evolution of conservation stewardship in America;

- To recognize and interpret the contributions and birthplace of George Perkins Marsh, pioneering environmentalist, author of Man and Nature, statesman, lawyer, and linguist;

- To recognize and interpret the contributions of Frederick Billings, conservationist, pioneer in reforestation and scientific farm management, lawyer, philanthropist, and railroad builder, who extended the principles of land management introduced by Marsh;

- To preserve the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller mansion and its surrounding lands; and

- To recognize the significant contributions of Julia Billings, Mary Billings French, Mary French Rockefeller, and Laurance Spelman Rockefeller in perpetuating the Marsh-Billings heritage.

Park trails are always open. Visitor Center hours 9 a.m. - 5 p.m May-October.
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  • Look up! Site call easily be overlooked if you stay on Route 4. Wonderful history lesson and well worth the visit.  more »
  • There was a heavy and persistent rain and our visit was limited to the movie, an inside tour, and a nod to the cattle. Staff were warm and friendly and most welcoming.  more »
  • We owned a Vermont small farm, so paying the Billings Farm and Museum entrance fee seemed redundant for us, but many city dwellers looked very happy admiring the livestock, our wonderful protected hil...  more »
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  • Went here in 2014. Nice tour of the house. Park staff was very nice and informative. It was raining the day I was there and they provided umbrella's to borrow free. The grounds around the house are beautiful. There is a local museum and farm across the road to see as well if you want to make a day of it.