The Kids' Guide to the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites



Calvin Coolidge and a team of horses.   

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site

Our thoroughly modern President Obama keeps in touch with us using utube and facebook. But he’s not the first modern President. Back in the 1920’s Vermonter Calvin Coolidge was breaking new ground too. He used a new invention – the radio - to talk to Americans.

Visit Plymouth Notch to explore the village where the 30th President of the U.S. was born and sworn into office 51 years later.

President Coolidge may have been modern, but life in his Vermont hometown was rural and simple. Today you can visit the Coolidge family home and barns, a cheese factory started by Coolidge’s father, a country store, and the “Summer White House.”

For more information:
Calvin Coolidge Historic Sites
Open May 28 – October 16; daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Adults $7.50; children 6-14 $2.00; family pass $20; children under 6 free. free.

     President Chester A. Arthur

Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site

In 1881, Vermonter Chester A. Arthur became the nation’s 21st President. 

Chester Arthur was born in Fairfield. His father came to the United States from Ireland, and became a Baptist minister and a passionate abolitionist. Chester grew up to be a lawyer and involved in politics. 

As President of the United States, he supported Native American land treaties.  He also signed into law rules to make sure that qualified people, instead of politician’s friends, worked for the government.

You can visit the reproduction of the small house Arthur once lived in, and learn about his life and why he is still famous today. 

For more information:
Chester Arthur Historic Sites
Open July 4 – October 10; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Donation appreciated.

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