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Vermont Historic Sites

Visit History Where It Happened

The small state of Vermont boasts a rich historical heritage that is well preserved in an exceptional collection of historic sites stretching the length and width of the state. Ranging from prehistoric settlements, to pivotal Revolutionary War sites, to the homesteads of U.S. Presidents, Vermont's State Historic Sites chronicle the development of a state, its people, and the nation around it. 

Vermont's State Historic Sites also host scores of captivating special programs throughout the spring, summer and fall. From guided tours, lectures, and fun family special events like a race up the stairs to the top of the Bennington Monument and star gazing at the Hubbardton Battlefield, there's lots in store for the 2017 season.

This former tavern and summer resort is now the Chimney Point Vermont State Historic Site.

EARLY SETTLEMENT

Long before the European settlers arrived in what is now Vermont, Native peoples camped, hunted and fished their way up and down the Champlain Valley. Chimney Point State Historic Site tells the story of not only these original Vermonters, but also the French and English who were to follow them in securing this strategic location.

Chimney Point State Historic Site, in Addison, opens for the season on May 23. Open Wednesday - Sunday, and Monday holidays, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Sites hosts a battle reenactment between the Americans and the British

REVOLUTIONARY WAR

During the summer of 1777 the tide turned for the Americans in the Revolutionary War. Mount Independence, Hubbardton  and the Battle of Bennington played crucial roles in the eventual defeat of the British. Today these Vermont State Historic Sites - and the Old Constitution House, where delegates from the newly formed Republic of Vermont crafted their constitution - bring this history to life through reenactments, lectures, living history, exhibits and special events.

Mount Independence in Orwell opens for the season May 23rd, daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton opens for the season May 23rd, Thursdays - Sundays, and Monday holidays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington opens for the season April 18, daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Old Constitution House in Windsor opens for the season May 23rd weekends and Monday holidays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Grace and Calvin Coolidge sitting with comfortable smiles on their faces

U.S. PRESIDENTS AND SENATORS

It was in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, that vacationing Vice President Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th President of the United States. Today Plymouth Notch remains a pristine example of an early 20th century Vermont hill town. A replica of President Chester A. Arthur’s childhood home in Fairfield houses exhibits, and the home, gardens and barns of Senator Justin Morrill in Strafford welcomes visitors for guided and self-guided tours and special events.

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site opens for the season May 23rd, daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
President Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site opens for the season July 4, weekends and Monday holidays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Senator Justin S. Morrill State Historic Site opens for the season May 23rd,Wednesdays - Sundays and Monday holidays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

map of lake champlain showing where over 30 shipwrecks are located

SHIPWRECKS

Not all history happens on land. Lake Champlain, one of the Nation’s most historic waterways, contains countless shipwrecks dating back to the 1700’s. The state maintains nine underwater historic sites for scuba divers.

There are lots of way for kids to enjoy the Vermont State Historic Sites

Vermont History Trek

The Vermont History Trek is a state-wide adventure challenge to explore Vermont’s State Historic Sites. Fun activities and outdoor adventures unveil cool facts about Vermont’s people and places. Kids who complete the History Trek earn a limited edition History Trek baseball cap and an Historic Sites Family Pass. Print your own History Trek Journal to start the adventure.