Vermont’s historic sites and museums take visitors through the history of life in Vermont, from Indigenous history to early settlement to the state’s role in the Revolutionary War. Explore the homesteads of notable figures who’ve called the Green Mountains home, including U.S. Presidents Chester A. Arthur and Calvin Coolidge. State-owned historic sites host events that tie in Vermont history, like a day hike into Revolutionary War history, demonstrations of historic farming tools and techniques, and immersive reenactments that take visitors back in time. Vermont’s 315 roadside markers illuminate historically significant spots along byways and back roads, making it easy to connect with Green Mountain stories on a road trip or scenic drive.
BENNINGTON BATTLE MONUMENT
At 306 feet, Vermont’s tallest man-made monument honors a pivotal Revolutionary War victory for soldiers from Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
Six miles of trails outline archaeological remains of a Revolutionary War fortress at Mount Independence, so named after the Declaration of Independence was read here.
Indigenous, French Canadian, and early American cultures converge at this historic site on the Vermont/New York border with an 18th century tavern.
SEN. JUSTIN S. MORRILL
Justin Smith Morrill was the longest-serving member of Congress for its first 160 years and his Strafford homestead was the first National Historic Landmark in Vermont.
PRESIDENT CALVIN COOLIDGE
Discover a 19th century schoolhouse, cheese factory, dance hall, post office, and historic buildings at the Plymouth Notch homestead of Pres. Calvin Coolidge.
PRESIDENT CHESTER ARTHUR
21st U.S. President Chester Arthur’s Fairfield home was the first historic site owned by the state, reconstructed in 1953.
This site commemorates the Battle of Hubbardton, the only Revolutionary War battle fought entirely on Vermont soil in 1777.
History through Museums
Vermont’s museums bring history to life. Interactive exhibits, family-friendly displays and experiences will leave you wanting more.
13 state-owned historic sites, underwater preserves for divers to explore, and a myriad of historic bridges and heritage centers color in Vermont’s past.