Description - Walk through one of Vermont's most beautiful landscapes, under the shade of sugar maples and 400-year-old hemlocks, across covered bridges and alongside rambling stone walls. This is a landscape of loss, recovery, and conservation. This is a story of stewardship, of people taking care of places - sharing an enduring connection to land and a sense of hope for the future.
- This was home to pioneer conservationist George Perkins Marsh in the early 1800s. In 1869 attorney and railroad tycoon Frederick Billings bought the property, reforested it, and started scientific farming methods based on Marsh's environment-saving principles. Billings' granddaughter, Mary, and her husband, conservationist Lawrence S. Rockefeller, donated the mansion and woodlands for the park. NO FEDERAL FACILITIES.
Recreation - Explore America's story of conservation and land stewardship through an online exhibit of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller art collection. Included are paintings by America's most famous landscape artists including Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, and Edward Moran.
Climate - The park lies within a temperate zone and experiences four full seasons. Arrive prepared for a wide variety of weather conditions. Summer temperatures are usually in the 70s or low 80s during the day and upper 60s in the evening. Spring and fall days can range from the 50s to lower 70s, with evenings in the upper 40s to low 60s. Winter temperatures average in the 20s. Winter snowfall is moderate to heavy - making for outstanding cross-country skiing.
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From Interstate 89, take Exit 1. Follow Route 4 West about 13 miles, through Quechee and Taftsville to Woodstock. Turn right onto Route 12 North and bear right after the iron bridge, continuing 1/4 mile. Park in the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot. Begin your visit at the Billings Farm & Museum Visitor Center, where park rangers are also stationed.