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Tour President Calvin Coolidge Historic Homestead Plymouth Notch Vermont

Calvin Coolidge was born 1872 across the street from the homestead in a house attached to his fathers general store at Plymouth Notch, Plymouth, VT. The homestead was purchased four years later by Calvin’s father Colonel John Coolidge in which he repaired and added a few additions to this one and a half story farmhouse connected to the barn and was a typical New England style set up with the big house, little house, back house and barn. President Coolidge would live in this house until he went away to college 1887 -1895.

On August 3, 1923 Calvin Coolidge was inaugurated the 30th President of the United States. In the following years he would return to the homestead for vacations. He would reside in Northampton until his sudden death at the age of 60 in 1933. The homestead was willed to his only surviving son, John and at his mothers suggestion he donated the house complete with furnishings to the State of Vermont, who in turn opened it to the public. The appearance today is almost the same as the night of the inauguration. President Coolidge, his wife Grace and their two sons, Calvin Jr and John rest at the Notch Cemetery with four generations of his family.

The tour for this State Historic Site is open daily from May to October 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m… and it’s great to wander around this 19th century village even in the winter! Only a little over an hour from Pond Mountain Inn.

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President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site Celebrates Old Home Day

Plymouth Celebrates Old Home Day

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, VT – The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is pleased to host Plymouth Old Home Day on Saturday, August 3, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This century-old tradition features craft and farm demonstrations, wagon rides, music, chicken barbecue, and many other fun activities for the entire family.

At 11:00 a.m., Merrill Lewis, president of the New England Moxie Congress, presents a program in the Union Christian Church about Moxie, President Coolidge’s favorite soft drink.  Lewis will be available to sign copies of his new book, Moxie, which he co-authored with Dennis Sasseville.  At 2:47 p.m., a reenactment of Calvin Coolidge’s 1923 Homestead Inaugural with Coolidge family members participating will take place on the Homestead porch.

Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy:

  • Vermont artisans & special exhibits: Marianne Fassett (paper quilling), Black River Academy Museum (chair caning), Terry Gulick (antique auto license plates)
  • “Clara’s Games” – sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society
  • “Hands-on History” activities in the one-room schoolhouse with the Coolidge Foundation
  • Children’s craft activities: create your own pressed flower cards with Ellen Denton; discover historic quilt patterns with Willow Bascom
  • Old-time fiddler Adam Boyce
  • The King’s Rangers living history reenactors
  • Green Mountain Timekeepers Society—bring your historic clocks and pocket watches and learn more about them
  • Vermont specialty food tastings – Luce Farm & Potlicker Kitchen – at the Plymouth Cheese Factory
  • Chicken barbecue offered by the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department

Plymouth Old Home Day is a great opportunity to explore Plymouth Notch, considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country. Twelve buildings are open to tour.  At the Museum & Education Center, visitors can see the award-winning permanent exhibition, More Than Two Words: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge. This year’s temporary exhibit, Presidential Menagerie: The Coolidges and Their Pets, examines the important role animals played in the private life and public image of the Coolidge family. The pet exhibit was funded with generous support from the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation.

The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open daily through Oct. 20, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For further information and event listings, visit us online at www.historicsites.vermont.gov  and on Facebook at Vermont State Historic Sites.

About the Division for Historic Preservation

The Vermont State Historic Sites are owned and operated by the Division for Historic Preservation, which is part of the Department of Housing and Community Development.  The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) works to support vibrant and resilient communities, promote safe and affordable housing for all, protect the state’s historic resources, and improve the quality of life for Vermonters.

About the Agency of Commerce and Community Development

The mission of ACCD is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities. ACCD accomplishes this mission by providing grants, technical assistance, and advocacy through three divisions:  The Department of Economic Development, the Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. For more information on ACCD please visit: accd.vermont.gov.

Thanks to Bill Jenney for the press release above and for all his support given to Pond Mountain Inn!!

Contact: William W. Jenney, Regional Historic Site Administrator

Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

802-672-3773; William.Jenney@vermont.gov