Hidden Vermont Gem: Billings Farm and Museum

Billings Farm and Museum, Vermont© 2009 Billings Farm & MuseumWinter visitors to this historic (and still operating) dairy farm enjoy a horse-powered sleigh ride over snow-covered fields.

Rte. 12N & River Rd., Woodstock, Vermont

This working farm harks back to the late 19th century. The lives of Vermont farm families of 1890 are portrayed in exhibits of dairying, planting and harvesting, ice cutting, and maple sugaring. Explore the Farm House, horse barn, calf nursery, and dairy barn. Get comfortable with the livestock through interactive activities, programs and events.

The progressive dairy farm, which remains a working dairy to this day, was started by conservationist, lawyer, and railroad magnate Frederick Billings. Billings and his farm manager selectively bred the herd for optimum production and planted over 10,000 trees to restore the forest cover.

Billings’s granddaughter, the late Mary French Rockefeller, and her husband, Laurance Rocke-feller, established the farm and museum to interpret Vermont’s rural life and agricultural history and to ensure the continuation of the dairy industry.

Open early May – late Oct.; weekends Nov. – Feb. including major holiday weekends. Admission charged.

www.billingsfarm.org

(802) 457-2355

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