Vermont Historic Sites

By Maureen A. Taylor Premium

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Bennington Museum

75 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201, (802) 447-1571 <>: Rare artifacts, ephemera and art, including Bennington pottery and paintings by legendary folk artist Grandma Moses, tell the history of Vermont. Enjoy the adjoining nature trails free of charge.

Ethan Allen Homestead

1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, VT 05401, (802) 865-4556 <>: Vermont folk hero Ethan Allen, leader of the Green Mountain Boys, lived here from 1787 until his death in 1789. The site commands views of rolling fields and the Winooski (also known as the Onion) River.


1005 Hildene Road Manchester, VT 05254(802) 362-1788 <>: Robert Todd Lincoln built this Georgian Revival-stylesummer home in 1905. The mansion and gardens host Lincoln exhibits, educational programs and walking trails.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, VT 05491, (802) 475-2022 <>: Discover Lake Champlain’s nautical past aboard a Revolutionary War replica gun boat, or watch boat builders and blacksmiths at the museum. Check the Web site for seasonal hours.

Shelburne Farm

1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482 <>: This 1,400-acre working farm and environmental education center-created in 1886 by William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb as a model agricultural estate — is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Shelburne Museum

Route 7, Shelburne, VT 05482, (802) 985-8686 <>: Art enthusiast Electra Have rmeyer Webb founded this museum in 1947 to share her collections. Its 39 buildings include houses, barns, acovered bridge, a school, a jail and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga.

Vermont Historical Society Museum

Pavilion Building, 109 State St., Montpelier, VT 05609, (802) 828-2291 <>: The main exhibit here reflects Vermont’s state motto: “Freedom and Unity.” Interactive displays include a recreated 17th-century Abenaki dwelling, and a working 19th-century rail road office telegraph.

Visitor Information

Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing

National Life Building, Sixth Floor, Drawer 20, Montpelier, VT 05620 (802) 828-3237 <>

From the May 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine