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Old Home Day at the Notch
The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site hosts “Plymouth Old Home Day” on Saturday, August 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This annual event, sponsored by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, features traditional craft and farm demonstrations, wagon rides, chicken barbecue, and many more fun activities for the entire family.
- Temporary exhibit, Expressions of Esteem: The Coolidge Presidential Gifts, features glittering treasures from world dignitaries and modest tokens from “just plain folk.”
- Naturalization ceremony (immigrants from around the world become U.S. citizens) with Judge Garvan Murtha presiding at 11:00 a.m. Organized by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation
- Special program and book signing with the authors of Intimate Grandeur – Vermont’s State House at 1:15 p.m.
- Reenactment of Calvin Coolidge’s 1923 Homestead Inaugural featuring Coolidge family members at 2:47 p.m. Organized by the Coolidge Foundation
- Green Mountain Timekeepers Society – bring your historic clocks and pocket watches and learn more about them
- Children’s activities: “Clara’s Games” – old-time games sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society; create your own pressed flower cards with Ellen Denton
- “Hands-on History” activities in the one-room schoolhouse
- Wagon rides and sheep shearing with Fred DePaul
- Chicken barbecue offered by the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department
- Cheese making and Vermont specialty food tastings at the Plymouth Cheese Factory
- George Ainley & Friends’ Old-Time String Band and fiddler Adam Boyce
- Moxie display featuring ice cream floats!
- Vermont artisans & special exhibits: Dolores Furnari (theorem painting), Polly Forcier (notepapers using authentic wall stencils) Marianne Fassett (paper quilling), Carolyn Guest (silhouettes and fancy paper cutting), water pump log demonstration, Vermont State Parks
- Vintage automobiles, 1923 fire engine, and farm license plates on display and more!
Plymouth Old Home Day is a great 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.
The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open daily through October 16, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 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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