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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  • This Park protects a beautiful mansion from the beginning of the 19th century, which belonged in turn to the Marsh Billings and Rockefeller. The House is well preserved and the guide offers an interesting tour, explaining the impact of these 3 families on the world of agriculture. The gardens also are beautiful and deserve a walk (there are qq nice km of trails)
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  • Should be seen by everyone touring the area. The movie (prior to the tour) is excellent as is the tour that is given by federal park rangers. The mansion is beautiful and give a great look into our hi...  more »
  • Great place for hiking, snowshoeing or X country skiing. Some trails were hard to follow in the snow, but others are groomed. South Peak is definitely worth the hike with an awesome view of the town o...  more »