Plymouth Celebrates Old Home Day
The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation hosts “Plymouth Old Home Day” at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site on Saturday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event unites town organizations in a fun-filled festival of traditional craft and farm demonstrations, wagon rides, country cuisine and activities for the entire family.
• Reeve Lindbergh – Vermont author and daughter of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh – speaks at 1:30 p.m. Program organized by the Coolidge Foundation.
• Reenactment of the 1923 Homestead Inaugural, when Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as President. Featuring actor Jim Cooke and Coolidge family members at 2:47 p.m.
• Children’s activities: “Clara’s Games” — old-time games organized by the Vermont Historical Society, create your own pressed flower cards with Ellen Denton, and “Hands-on History” discoveries at the one room schoolhouse organized by the Coolidge Foundation
• Wagon rides and sheep shearing with Fred DePaul
• Barbecue to benefit the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department
• Home-style cooking at the Wilder House Restaurant
• Cheese making and wine tasting at the Plymouth Cheese Factory
• Old time fiddler Adam Boyce
• Vermont artisans & special exhibits: Fiber Arts in Vermont (showcasing their latest project – a reproduction of a Coolidge family wool blanket, Marianne Fassett (paper quilling), Carolyn Guest (silhouettes and fancy paper cutting), Carol Collins (spinning), Vermont State Parks
• Vintage automobiles on display and more!
Plymouth Old Home Day is the perfect opportunity to explore Plymouth Notch, considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country. Twelve buildings are open to the public. At the Coolidge Museum & Education Center, visitors can see the nationally award-winning permanent exhibition, “More Than Two Words”: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge. Also at the Center is this year’s temporary exhibit, “The Coolidges, Plymouth, and the Civil War.” Designated a Top 10 Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Event in 2014, the exhibit examines the Civil War from the perspective of the Coolidge family and their neighbors.
The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open daily through Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. For further information about other programs and special events, call 802-672-3773, or visit the state-owned historic sites online at www.HistoricSites.Vermont.gov
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