PLYMOUTH NOTCH, VT – The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is pleased to host Plymouth Old Home Day on Saturday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This century-old tradition features craft and farm demonstrations, wagon rides, music, chicken barbecue, and many other fun activities for the entire family.
At 11:00 a.m., Merrill Lewis, president of the New England Moxie Congress, presents a program in the Union Christian Church about Moxie, President Coolidge’s favorite soft drink. Lewis will be available to sign copies of his new book, Moxie, which he co-authored with Dennis Sasseville. At 2:47 p.m., a reenactment of Calvin Coolidge’s 1923 Homestead Inaugural with Coolidge family members participating will take place on the Homestead porch.
Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy:
· Vermont artisans & special exhibits: Marianne Fassett (paper quilling), Black River Academy Museum (chair caning), Terry Gulick (antique auto license plates)
· “Clara’s Games” - sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society
· “Hands-on History” activities in the one-room schoolhouse with the Coolidge Foundation
· Children’s craft activities: create your own pressed flower cards with Ellen Denton; discover historic quilt patterns with Willow Bascom
· Old-time fiddler Adam Boyce
· The King’s Rangers living history reenactors
· Green Mountain Timekeepers Society—bring your historic clocks and pocket watches and learn more about them
· Chicken barbecue offered by the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department
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 tour. At the Museum & Education Center, visitors can see the award-winning permanent exhibition, More Than Two Words: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge. This year’s temporary exhibit, Presidential Menagerie: The Coolidges and Their Pets, examines the important role animals played in the private life and public image of the Coolidge family. The pet exhibit was funded with generous support from the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation.
The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is open daily through Oct. 20, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For further information and event listings, visit us online at www.historicsites.vermont.gov and on Facebook at Vermont State Historic Sites.
About the Division for Historic Preservation
The Vermont State Historic Sites are owned and operated by the Division for Historic Preservation, which is part of the Department of Housing and Community Development. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) works to support vibrant and resilient communities, promote safe and affordable housing for all, protect the state’s historic resources, and improve the quality of life for Vermonters.
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