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President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site



Coolidge State Forest- Coolidge State Forest is named for the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933). Surrounding Coolidge's birthplace, this State Forest offers 18,511 acres for a variety of outdoor recreations.
Coolidge State Park- Coolidge State Park offers 500 acres within the 18,511-acre Coolidge State Forest which is scattered throughout seven towns and is divided by SR 100 into two districts. Camping, hiking, hunting and a playground are offered.

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Description - The only president to have been born on the Fourth of July, Calvin Coolidge first saw the light of day in a small bedroom at the back of his father's store. The modest house in which he grew up is across the road and is the house to which he returned every year. History singled out this homestead when early on an August morning, 1923, by the light of a kerosene lamp, vice-president Coolidge was sworn in by his father as 30th President of the United States. This event, with its unique and moving simplicity, will always hold an appeal for all Americans. The homestead remains exactly as it was on that historic night. The Plymouth Notch Historic District is open May 27 through October 15 daily, 9:30 to 5:00.

Attractions - The only president to have been born on the Fourth of July, Calvin Coolidge first saw the light of day in a small bedroom at the back of his father's store. The modest house in which he grew up is across the road and is the house to which he returned every year. History singled out this homestead when early on an August morning, 1923, by the light of a kerosene lamp, vice-president Coolidge was sworn in by his father as 30th President of the United States. This event, with its unique and moving simplicity, will always hold an appeal for all Americans. The homestead remains exactly as it was on that historic night.

Plymouth Notch is a pristine example of an early 20th century Vermont hill town. It has been called the best preserved Presidential birthplace in the nation. The general store, above which was the President's 1924 "Summer White House" office, the homestead, and the nearby cheese factory, owned by the President's father, as well as the church where generations of Coolidges worshipped, are open to the public. A visitor's center provides an introduction to the life and times of Calvin Coolidge.

A short distance away is the steep hillside cemetery where the President and six generations of his family are buried.

Recreation - The Plymouth Notch Historic District is open May 27 through October 15 daily, 9:30 to 5:00.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Heart of Vermont Travel Region has diverse precipitation totals ranging from 40 to 44 inches (102 and 112 centimeters) in the center area of the region decreasing to less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the state lines of New York and New Hampshire.

Location - The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site may be found on SR 100A in Plymouth Notch in The Heart of Vermont Travel Region.


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Agency of Commerce & Community Deve., Division for Historic Preservation, National Life Building, Drawer 20 , Montpelier, VT, 05620-0501, Phone: 802-828-3051

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Central Vermont - Central Vermont is characterized by beautiful rolling green mountains, crystal clear lakes and rushing streams. Historical sites, museums, ski resorts, challenging multi-use trails, golf courses and more may be found in this picturesque New England region.
Coolidge State Forest - Coolidge State Forest is named for the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933). Surrounding Coolidge's birthplace, this State Forest offers 18,511 acres for a variety of outdoor recreations.
Coolidge State Park - Coolidge State Park offers 500 acres within the 18,511-acre Coolidge State Forest which is scattered throughout seven towns and is divided by SR 100 into two districts. Camping, hiking, hunting and a playground are offered.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.
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