Things to Do: Sites of Interest

Sugarbush Farm

Sugarbush Maple & Cheese Farm
591 Sugarbush Farm Rd, Woodstock, VT 05091
800-281-1757
Just 20 minutes from Sleep Woodstock, try free samples of 15 kinds of cheese and 4 grades of maple syrup. Learn how maple syrup is made by touring the sugar shack. Farm store with samples of many Vermont jams and mustards. Farm animals to pet during warmer months. Open daily 9-5 year round. Best to call for road conditions during winter & early spring.

Woodstock Village
www.woodstockvtcom
Welcome to Woodstock, chosen by the Ladies Home Journal magazine as the "Prettiest Town in America" and listed by the American Planning Association (APA) as a "2011 Great Place in America", the village has much to offer. Chock full of charming Americana, the Village includes a covered bridge smack in the center of town, quaint stores, shops and galleries and a village green surrounded by restored Georgian, Federal Style and Greek Revival homes. You can spend a day wandering under the shade of 400-year-old hemlock trees at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and then revitalize yourself at Sugarbush Farm, where you can taste maple syrup or 14 varieties of cheese for free.

Billings Farm & Museum
69 Old River Road, Woodstock
802-457-2355
www.billingsfarm.org
One of the finest dairy farms in America and an award-winning museum of Vermont’s rural past. Engaging farm life exhibits, 1890 Farm House.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
69 Old River Road, Woodstock
802-457-3368
www.nps.gov/mabi
Vermont’s only National Park and home to pioneer conservationist George Perkins Marsh, the park includes a model forest. Tours of the forest, mansion, and gardens are offered daily.

Middle Bridge
Union Street, Woodstock
www.coveredbridgesite.com/vt/middle.html
Known as Covered Bridge, this structure was built in 1969. It is the newest all-peg-constructed covered bridge in the State and was pulled into place by a team of oxen. Tragically, it was burned by vandals in 1974. However, it was restored through the generosity of the community. It spans the Ottauquechee River and welcomes visitors on a walk around River Street and Mountain Avenue, past some of Woodstock’s most beautiful homes.

Norman Williams Public Library
10 South Park Street, Woodstock
802-457-2295
www.normanwilliams.org
Built in 1883 by Dr. Edward Williams in loving memory of his parents, Norman and Mary, Woodstock’s beautiful red stone library occupies a central spot on the Green. The library offers locals and visitors alike a comfortable reading room enhanced by a cozy fireplace, complete with national and local newspapers, as well as free Wi-Fi and computers, story times, and other special events. Check their website for additional information.

Paul Revere Church Bells
Woodstock is the only American town with five of the bells manufactured at the Massachusetts foundry once owned by Paul Revere. The earliest, dating to 1818 and purchased for $351, is on the porch of the Congregational Church. Another rests in the garden of The Woodstock Inn & Resort. Three others still ring at the Masonic Temple (formerly the Christian Church), St. James Episcopal Church, and the North Universalist Chapel Society.

Woodstock Historical Society/Woodstock History Center
26 Elm Street, Woodstock
802-457-1822
woodstockhistorycenter.org
The 1807 Dana House Museum is open seasonally from mid-June to mid-October displaying 19th century furnishings, art, toys, furniture, tools, china, textiles, and clothing. The History Center, featuring an extensive research library and archive, is open year-round and offers a variety of monthly programs and events.

Dorothy Thompson Memorial Common
Next to the Barnard General Store, Barnard
Off Route 12 in Barnard, the park commemorates the late Dorothy Thompson, a renowned journalist, who along with Sinclair Lewis put the first Twin Farms on the map through their literary work. Her gravesite is in the cemetery across from Silver Lake State Park.

Silver Lake in Barnard
20 State Park Beach Rd, Barnard
802-234-9451
www.vtstateparks.com/htm/silver.cfm
In the summer it boasts some of the best open water swimming in the state. Full camping facilities. Kayaks and canoes welcome along with the occasional windsurfer. In March or April, the “winner takes all” who guesses the correct day and time when “George”, the stuffed scarecrow will disappear through the melting ice. In any season, Silver Lake is a special place to visit.

Joseph Smith Monument
2000 Dairy Hill Rd, South Royalton
802-763-7742
www.lds.org
The Mormon prophet’s birthplace. Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was born near here on December 23, 1805. A visitor’s center and a 38-foot-high polished granite shaft monument commemorate his life.

The Porter Music Box Museum and Company
33 Sunset Hill, Randolph
802-728-9694 or 800-811-7087
www.portermusicbox.com
Reproductions of Victorian and early American music boxes plus a collection of 19th and 20th century memorabilia from all over the world.

Neighborly Farms of Vermont
1362 Curtis Road, Randolph Center
802-728-4700
www.neighborlyfarms.com
On the Vermont Cheese Trail; organic cheeses producer; visitors welcome. Call ahead for special events and cheese-making schedule.

Justin Smith Morrill Homestead
214 Justin Morrill Memorial Highway, Strafford
802-828-3051
www.morrillhomestead.org
A National Historic Landmark and gothic revival home of U.S. Congressman and Senator Justin Smith Morrill, the man responsible for the acts establishing the Land Grant Colleges, forerunner to many State universities.

Taftsville Covered Bridge
River Road, Taftsville
www.coveredbridgesite.com/vt/taftsville.html
Built in 1836 and overlooking the hydro-electric dam on the Ottauquechee River, this bridge is the second longest and third oldest bridge in Vermont. Three-mile River Road is a dirt concourse, ideal for cycling and walking that parallels the river to the bridge.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science
6565 Woodstock Road, Quechee
802-359-5000
www.vinsweb.org
The VINS Nature Center includes state-of-the-art raptor exhibits, a system of nature trails, the VINS Nature Shop and a raptor rehabilitation facility. Live bird of prey demonstrations.

Simon Pearce
The Mill at Quechee, 1760 Quechee Main Street, Quechee
802-295-1470 or 877/452-7763
www.simonpearce.com
Internationally recognized Simon Pearce glass and pottery. Superb restaurant overlooking the waterfalls of the Ottauquechee River (reservations recommended). Glass blowing and pottery demonstrations daily.

Quechee Gorge State Park
Route 4, Quechee
802-295-2990
www.vtstateparks.com
Quechee Gorge, the chasm for which the river is named by the Abenaki Nation (Ottauquechee means “waters of the chasm”), is a 165-foot gorge formed 13,000 years ago. Enjoy a mile and a half hike to the rocky bottom to look back at the former train trestle bridge which holds Route 4 today. Panning for gems and minerals.

Quechee Polo
Quechee Polo Field, approximately one-half mile north of Quechee Gorge off U.S. Route 4
802-775-5066
www.quecheeclub.com
A fast-paced, live game on some of the best polo ponies in the northeast. Bring a picnic to the Polo Field to enjoy the home games mid-June through late-August.

New England Transportation Museum
100 Railroad Row, White River Junction
802-291-9838
byways.org/explore/byways/2487/places/60834
A museum celebrating the area’s rail, river, and road history. Exhibits illustrate over 400 years of transportation history.

Northern Stage
Briggs Opera House, 4 South Main Street, White River Junction
802-296-7000
www.northernstage.org
The best of current and classical theater in the Upper Valley.

King Arthur Flour
135 US Route 5 South, Norwich
802-649-3361 or 800-827-6836
www.kingarthurflour.com
Bakery, store and school with cooking demonstrations and classes held frequently.

Opera North
Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, NH
Box office 603-448-0400 or 603-448-4141
www.operanorth.org
In August at the Lebanon Opera House, Opera North performs a two week season of professional opera with singers from all over the world. Events throughout the year such as “Sherry and Sopranos” and opera in schools are held in Woodstock and surrounding towns.

American Precision Museum
196 Main Street, Windsor
802-674-5781
www.americanprecision.org
The national center for the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history of precision manufacturing. Exploring the machines and tools that have changed the world—machines tools, typewriters, sewing machines, firearms, hand tools, and more. 1846 National Historic Landmark. Events and gift shop.

Cornish Colony Museum
147 Main Street, Windsor
802-674-6008
www.almagilbert.com
The works of artist/illustrator Maxfield Parrish who was part of the famous Cornish Colony of artists in the 1910s and 1920s.

Old Constitution House
16 Main Street, Windsor
802-672-3773
historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/old_constitution
The state of Vermont was born in this restored tavern in 1777. The Vermont Constitution was the first to prohibit slavery, not requiring property ownership to vote, and to establish public schools.

Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge
Bridge Street, Windsor
www.coveredbridgesite.com/vt/windsor_cornish.html
This 465-foot span bridge across the Connecticut River is the longest covered bridge in New England and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
139 Saint Gaudens Road, Cornish, NH
603-675-2175
www.sgnhs.org
Home, perennial gardens, and studio of renowned sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens. Sunday concert series.

Green Mountain Horse Association
5491 Vermont 106, Woodstock
802-457-1509
www.gmhainc.org
GMHA hosts over 65 competitive and educational equine activities each year. Watch the thrill of three-day eventing, the beauty and precision of dressage, or the elegance of driving competitions.

Killington Ski Area
800-734-9435
www.killington.com
Six mountains full of fun. Year-round activities and events.

Killington Music Festival
802-773-4003, Tickets 802-422-1330
www.killingtonmusicfestival.org
Saturday chamber music concert series featuring world-renowned musicians.

New England Maple Museum
4578 US Route 7, Pittsford
802-483-9414
www.maplemuseum.com
The most complete collection of sugaring artifacts in existence, over 200 years of maple history, giant murals, antiques, demonstrations, tours, tastings, slide show, and gift shop.

Chaffee Center for the Visual Arts
16 South Main St, Rutland
802-775-0356
www.chaffeartcenter.org
The Chaffee Art Center represents over 200 artists working in virtually every medium—painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking and fine furniture. Offers exhibitions and art classes.

Woodstock Gallery
6 Elm Street, Woodstock Village
802-457-2012
www.woodstockgalleryvt.com
Features a great selection of quality New England artists.

Scenic Vermont Train Rides, White River Junction-Thetford
102 Railroad Row, White River Junction
1-800-707-3530
www.rails-vt.com

Equine Events throughout Vermont
vthorse.com

Balloons Over New England
Launch from the Village Green in front of the Deli and Post Office in Quechee
1-800-788-5562
www.balloonsovernewengland.com
The beauty is overwhelming as you float beneath the colorful hot air balloon canopy. Gentle air currents help you explore the splendor of Quechee, Vermont's lovely landscapes. With no sensation of motion, you drift in perfect silence, enjoying distant views, touching clouds, and gaining new perspectives on the forest as we tickle the treetops. Flying hot air balloons for over 25 years in Vermont, Maine and MA, they believe that hot air balloons capture the imagination, each flight a unique and magical voyage.

Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center
68 East Woodstock Road, Hartland, VT
802-457-7090
www.vermontclimbing.com
Visit them at one of our two great locations! Quechee—Vermont's tallest indoor climbing experience! 24 top ropes, bouldering, and lead climbing available. Private lessons, groups, leagues, clinics, pro-shop, guiding and more! Rutland—prime location in Central Vermont with over 30 Top Roping stations, 25ft ceiling, bouldering cave, lead climbing, tread wall, and much more! Great for families and experts alike.

Trout Bum Guide Services
http://www.vttroutbum.com
71 Arnold Mt. Rd., Stockbridge,VT 05772
802-234-5281
My, name is Matt Stedina, owner of Stedina LLC and VTTroutBum.com. Go to my guide service web site where you'll find information on fishing and hunting with me here in New England. This guide service has been in operation since 1996, and much has changed in those 11 years. I am happy to report, all for the better. Here is a breakdown of the season and its opportunity's to hunt and fish with me.