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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!
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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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