Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock

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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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  • When we set out for a trip north my teenage son said nothing sounded interesting except the Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory. He along with the rest of us really enjoyed visiting this site and look for...  more »
  • The home of early conservationists, this farm has something of interest for everyone. Hiking trails, picnic areas, the historic house and many special activities are part of this experience. 
  • A must see in Woodstock: the grounds are magnificent and the imposing mansion has a very interesting story. Don't miss the movie that provides an excellent introduction to the visit. 
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  • Great house and grounds. Amazing art work on the walls. The Jr. Ranger Badge is wooden,,made with wood from the property!
  • Loved everything about this place. Came on a whim... And left very happy that I got a chance to experience the park.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This location has something for every age and activity level.