Over the years the hubby and I have explored most of Maine but not much of the rest of New England. With free days available we decided to go to Woodstock, Vermont.
Like many small Maine towns, Woodstock has many low rise buildings, reminiscent of times gone by, lining the main streets.
They are home to shops, galleries and eateries.
My favorite of the old buildings is the library which if I read the numerals correctly opened in 1853.
Exploring the town doesn’t take too long, but there is much to see in the area. A popular draw is the still working Billlings Farm, the history of which is almost as old as Woodstock.
The farm is known for being a long time breeder of Jersey cows which I learned produce a very high fat content milk that is important for making such products as cheese and ice cream.
One can spend considerable time here walking the grounds, looking at the animals and observing all that is going on.
Also on the property is the 1890 farm manager’s house with several features that were quite advanced for the time.
Though not the original items, the house is furnished with those things reflecting the period.
Across the street from the farm is Vermont’s only national park. In addition to miles of hiking and carriage trails is the Marsh Billings Rockefeller Mansion. It was originally built in 1805 by the Marsh family and eventually owned and updated by Frederick Billings and Laurence Rockefeller. It was Rockefeller who gave the property to be enjoyed by future generations.
As much as anything, I like learning the history of place. Its interesting past makes Woodstock and the surrounding area worthy of a visit. Judging from the number of out of state license plates there others must agree!