Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock

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#3 of 48 in Nature in Vermont
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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  • We did the combination ticket to Billings Farm and Museum, as well as the Rockefeller mansion. Interesting history of the Marsh, Billings and Rockefeller families and how they helped develop the area ...  more »
  • We visited the last day of Oct 2017 and got in on the very last tour for the season, which was ending that day. What fortunate timing as we had an excellent guide and it was interesting to see where s...  more »
  • The reviews on Trip Advisor really helped us know where to park at Billings Farms and then go up a small hill to walk across the street to the National Park site. We would not have done that correctly...  more »
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  • We stumbled across this National Park. It was a beautiful area. They played a video for us on how the park came to be. They offered a number of tours, but we did not have time to take them. It was a lovely property and park.
  • Ranger Marie gave a wonderful tour of the mansion that included personal family history. Everything is beautifully maintained. A most enjoyable experience - except for that long walk up the hill!
  • 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.
  • Very nice, peaceful trail. Very well maintained. Favorite for this hike which is for all levels.
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