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Description - On a hillside in Strafford, Justin Smith Morrill, once a U.S. Congressman and later Senator, built a 17 room mansion in the popular Gothic Revival style. The charming home remains as it was when its builder designed it, surrounded by gardens, well-planned grounds, barns and outbuildings reflecting Justin Morrill's far-reaching interests. The house is furnished with original Morrill family possessions and is open May 27 through October 8, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 5 p.m. The Friends of the Morrill Homestead sponsor several special events throughout the season.

Attractions - Thanks to a Vermonter who had to leave school at the age of 15, millions of Americans have had the door to higher education opened for them. It was Justin Morrill, U.S. Congressman and later Senator, who was responsible for the acts establishing the Land Grant Colleges, the forerunners of many state universities.

In the 1840's, Morrill retired to study architecture and landscape gardening. On a hillside in Strafford, his home town, he built a 17 room mansion in the popular Gothic Revival style. The charming home remains as it was when its builder designed it, surrounded by gardens, well-planned grounds, barns and outbuildings reflecting Justin Morrill's far-reaching interests. The house is furnished with original Morrill family possessions.

Recreation - Open May 27 through October 8, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 5 p.m. The Friends of the Morrill Homestead sponsor several special events throughout the season.

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 Justin Smith Morrill Homestead is located in Strafford, Vermont along the Justin Morrill Highway.


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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.
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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