Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock

Categories: National Parks, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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.

Who is behind the posts?

KR: Kat Robbins, Youth Programs Coordinator in partnership with Woodstock Union High School.

JD: Jo Anne Dolan, Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator

JL: Julia Lynam, Interpretive Park Ranger
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  • Really enjoyed the tour and the history of these 3 men and their impact on conservation. Glad we dropped in. 
  • Nice tour however you need to get your name on a list early in the day and the tours are small. Tours are run by parks service and there is no charge 
  • Smooth carriage trails for walking but enough uphill so you get a workout, ending in a pretty pond which you can walk around for additional steps. Trails are well marked. 
  • Beautiful grounds. Excellent network of carriage roads & trails for waking. Also connects to more extensive trail system outside park. Interesting history connected to Rockefeller family.
  • Loved everything about this place. Came on a whim... And left very happy that I got a chance to experience the park.
  • Great place for a walk! Scenic views and paths right in the heart of nature. It's a must see for anyone who finds themselves around here.
  • Great house and grounds. Amazing art work on the walls
  • We had a fantastic hike with Ranger Julia who helped bring a new dimension to the AT. Her knowledge, poems and trivia questions were a delight. Similarly, Ranger Scott helped make a interesting connection regarding how the wealthy purchased art, some of which reflected their views on conservation. Overall, our first visit to MBR Park leads us to highly recommend it. We hope that one day the park will continue its tours through the winter, when the lighting creates a new experience.
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