Sometimes it seems like technology is taking over our lives, but there are still some places where you can go to take a step back in time. Here are 13 places where you can still experience old VT, and you’ll love them all!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Billings Farm and Museum
This working farm is also one of the finest outdoor history museums in the country. And when it comes to 4th of July fun, the Billings Farm has a classic family friendly celebration with good old fashioned activities. You'll find horse-drawn wagon rides, sack races, flag making, historic speeches and debates, the reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon, and a game of baseball which is still America's favorite passtime.
2. Justin Smith Morrill Homestead
In Strafford you'll find the homestead of United States Senator Justin Smith Morrill. The property includes the main house, several barns and sheds as outbuildings and is open for tours from May through October.
3. Green Mountain National Forest
With a variety of wildlife and trails, this National Forest is the perfect place to get away from it all.
4. Bellows Falls
This incorporated village in the town of Rockingham is bursting with history. From the railroads to the architecture, Bellows Falls is a blast from the past and, as the sign says, "A friendly place to hang your hat."
5. Rokeby Museum
This historic farm property and museum in Ferrisburgh includes a 1780s farmstead, and eight agricultural outbuildings with permanent exhibits on the 90-acre property. It was the home of Rowland T. Robinson, a Quaker and ardent abolitionist who openly sheltered escaped slaves here as part of the Underground Railroad.
6. Maidstone State Park
Maidstone State Park in the NEK is one of Vermont’s most remote parks and you’ll absolutely love the peace and quiet you’ll find here. It was originally formed when the last of the glaciers melted about 12,000 years ago, and the area still remains largely untouched.
7. Plymouth Notch
Take a step back in time in this perfectly preserved town which is the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge. In fact, the
entire town is a State Historic Site.
8. Mount Independence
Located in Orwell, this is one of the largest American defenses built during the American Revolutionary War. It's also the best-preserved Revolutionary War archaeological site today. You'll love the miles of hiking trails on the site, too!
9. The Vermont General Store
The little town of Weston has this family owned and operated general store which opened in 1946. This wonderful store was the first restored rural general store in the nation and still has old school items and goods that are a blast from the past.
10. Shelburne Farms
Shelburne Farms is a well-preserved example of a Gilded Age "ornamental farm," developed in the late 19th century. This 1,400-acre farm is a nonprofit education center for sustainability, and one of the most stunning properties in the state of Vermont.
11. Shelburne Museum
Another gem in Shelburne is the Shelburne Museum. Full of art, design, and Americana, you'll find over 150,000 works exhibited in 39 exhibition buildings. 25 of the buildings are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.
12. American Precision Museum
Head over to Windsor and check out this museum of machine tools. It shows some of the tools that allowed precision manufacturing in the early days of the Industrial Revolution in the United States.
13. The Long Trail
The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States and runs the whole length of Vermont. It was constructed between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club, who remains the primary organization responsible for the trail.