Glimpsing Woodstock

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!

19 thoughts on “Glimpsing Woodstock

  1. Will ya look at the height of those sunflowers??!?!??!🌻🌻🌻 My goodness gracious!!!!!!!

    This looks like a really cool (and quiet) place to visit. I love to check out different settings and ways of life (especially those with historical significance I can relate to!), and Woodstock would be an excellent candidate.

  2. Fun to get out and about and discover more in that area. We will be staying in Woodstock UK 2 nights this week so your post titles caught my eye! Cheers!

    1. I bet that Woodstock is as charming.

  3. Carol Andrykovitz September 12, 2022 — 2:15 pm

    Thank you, as always, for sharing your journey to Woodstock. It looked like an inviting town.

    1. Charming but not too different from small Maine towns.

  4. Love the small quaint towns… what a fun day.

    1. I do enjoy exploring new areas.

  5. Woodstock looks so charming, and a great place to take in history

    1. Charming in the way old small towns seem to be.

  6. Oh, Linda, don’t you just love Vermont? We have been there years ago when we flew from Dallas to see the leaves. Year after year we made that trip. I thought we saw every part of Vermont. You have got me wanting to return. We always stayed in Stowe in Octobers. You must tell me more about it.

    1. The countryside is so lush and beautiful. No leaf changes yet but lovely.

  7. What a lovely place to stroll around and take in all the beauty. Thank you for sharing with us.

    1. Exploring new places always reveals their uniqueness.

  8. We have yet to make it to Vermont or Maine. Woodstock looks quite interesting!

    1. I’m waiting for you to come to Maine!

  9. Your trip looks amazing. You find the neatest places to explore.

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    1. I enjoyed all we saw of Vermont, a very pretty state.

  10. marciafennell4315e20520 September 11, 2022 — 3:15 pm

    Lovely to read your shared observations!
    Was this a “day trip” from Maine?

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