Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

Fodor's Travel Talk Forums (
-   United States (
-   -   Suggested sites to visit in Vermont and New Hampshire (

Vttraveler Sep 27th, 2009 05:27 AM

Suggested sites to visit in Vermont and New Hampshire
Since it is prime leaf peeping time I thought I would suggest some great places to visit in Vermont and nearby New Hampshire that are not always on a standard tourist itinerary. Everyone knows about Ben & Jerry's and the Great Corn Maze in Danville, but these are places that will give you some more insight into New England history along with some beautiful scenery.

1. Rokeby in Ferrisburgh, Vt. is a National Historic site on Route 7 south of Burlington. This is a place we have driven by for years w/o having time to stop. Yesterday we were headed to Burlington for the evening so we decided to take the afternoon to visit Rokeby. A fascinating Quaker family lived there for four generations before donating the house, lands, original furnishings and artifacts for a museum. We were the only people on the 2:00 tour. The guide was great and we learned a lot about Merino sheep farming, the abolitionist movement in Vt and New England history in general. There are walking trails behind the house.

2. Calvin Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth Notch, off Route 100. A beautiful, unspoiled spot with the added plus of some great cheddar cheese.

3. Billings Farm Museum near Woodstock.

4. Ethan Allen Homestead just outside Burlington
ethan allen

5. St. Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, N.H.

6. Enfield Shaker Museum near Lebanon, N.H.

You can probably tell I was a history major....

These places are all open into at least mid-October.

RLFox184 Sep 27th, 2009 06:48 AM

How about the Franklin Pierce Homestead in Hillsborough, NH (childhood home of our 14th president).

Strawberry Bank Museum in Portsmouth, NH

Vttraveler Sep 27th, 2009 07:23 AM

I am sure there are many other more good suggestions, and I hope others will chime in.
I have never been to the Franklin Pierce homestead myself, and but it is now on our to-do list

So is Canterbury Shaker Village

I would consider that that site, Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth and Shelburne Museum in Vt require fairly big time commitments
Shelburne Museum has a huge collection and it really takes at least a day to see even the highlights

Vttraveler Sep 27th, 2009 08:58 AM

Another interesting place to do visit next Saturday (Oct 3) is Castleton, west of Rutland. They are offering tours of many buildings for Castleton Colonial Day

sf7307 Sep 27th, 2009 07:39 PM

What was the Franklin Pierce homestead we saw in Concord, NH, if his childhood home was in Hillsborough, NH?

And just want to agree about the Coolidge farm -- it's a gorgeous setting.

dfrostnh Sep 28th, 2009 02:43 AM

The Franklin Pierce place in Hillsborough is his birthplace and childhood home. The Concord house is the one he owned and lived in as an adult.

Appropriate topic Vttraveler for this time of year. I wonder when leaf peepers get tired of just driving around looking at leaves and would like something else to do. We keep meaning to visit the NH History Museum in downtown Concord while the kitchen exhibit is still on display. I haven't been to the museum in quite some time but still remember a fascinating exhibit on making socks with a 'new' knitting machine. Women could work at home and children were expected to help but the heels still required some handknitting skill.

Hippo Press is a free weekly newspaper that is pretty good at advertising events and things to do in the Nashua, Manchester and Concord. When we travel we always pick up local papers to find things to do. We have never been to the Raptor Migration Observatory at Miller State Park on Pack Monadnock in Peterborough NH. Recently the public was invited to witness the release of two rehabilitated hawks, one at Pack Monadnock, the other at Carter Hill Orchard in Concord NH. I was amazed at the number of hawks that are counted in a single day. We like to watch our local birds but apparently there are some places that are like interstate highways for birds.

Oct 4 is Harvest Day at Musterfield Farm in N Sutton NH. This is a small farm museum that I think is best enjoyed during a special event. And, it's not that far off Rt 89.

Also convenient to Rt 89, Mt Kearage Indian Museum in Warner NH.

Vttraveler Sep 28th, 2009 03:06 AM

The Indian Museum has been on our "to do" list for quite a while but we never manage to build in enough time when we are driving that way.

When I was putting in the link to Shelburne Museum yesterday I realized that there are a number of good temporary exhibits there now including one on Tiffany.

I realize I should also have listed Shelburne Farms
It and the Billings Farm museum are especially good for kids who would enjoy the farm animals.

dfrostnh Sep 28th, 2009 08:27 AM

More - not well known places:
Hemmings Motors News, store and classic car display, Bennington VT
King Arthur Flour store, Norwich VT
Burdick Chocolate, Walpole NH

Vttraveler Oct 3rd, 2009 03:14 AM

Last night I saw a short segment on the Justin Smith Morrill homestead on Vt public television. I told my husband it looked interesting and we should go there sometime and he informed me he had been there with one of our friends a few years ago when they took a day off to go leaf peeping. He recommends it. It is open through Columbus Day weekend.

SeymourLake Oct 4th, 2009 06:06 AM

All these suggestions are great. My printer has been active and I will file them in my to do list.

A great place to go in the NEK Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is the old stone house in Brownington, Vermont. They ofter have events and consists of several buildings. Our guests went there yesterday for an apple and cheese festival and loved

Listening to the Loons on Seymour lake , Morgan, Vt as I type this. The color here is fabulous.

SeymourLake Oct 4th, 2009 06:08 AM

Sorry the link is

dfrostnh Oct 5th, 2009 03:19 AM

oopsie - try this

Vttraveler Oct 6th, 2009 03:31 AM

This coming weekend is Octoberfest at the Harpoon brewery in Windsor, Vt.
harpoon brewery oktoberfest
We plan to go down to sample some beer and tour the brewery, and also hope to visit the Consitution House and/or the American Precision Museum in Windsor

There is also a Simon Pearce glass factory in Windsor

dfrostnh Oct 6th, 2009 04:04 AM

I forgot to mention that I think the old Stone House Museum was where we visited a few years ago to see an antique engine show. DH likes to attend antique tractor shows, some are called steam ups. Some shows are mostly tractors, others are mostly steam operated engines. Sometimes they include plowing, a parade etc. The year DH took his dad on a weekend trip to the Eric Sloane Museum in Kent CT they happened to choose the same weekend as an antique engine day. They were thrilled. A lot of these events aren't well known and are poorly publicized but can be found by doing some googling. We haven't visited any of the logging museums in NH but the Leonards Mills Logging Museum near Bangor ME is very interesting during an event day esp when the guys who restored the saw mill are present and the college teams are having wood cutting competitions.
Sorry, this isn't about NH and VT but I want to encourage people to search out those great but not well known events. A sheep to shawl competition is very interesting and it's literally what it says. The wool is sheared off the sheep, spun and knitted into a shawl during the day. Sometimes the knitting is a group effort. And I love border collie sheep herding demonstrations. What great dogs!

bachslunch Oct 6th, 2009 03:14 PM

No one has suggested a visit yet to any of these in the Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire:

-The Flume
-The Basin
-Profile Lake and Old Man Historic Viewing Site
-The Frost Place (house museum) in Franconia

Have not been to the last of these. The Flume is especially nice, and the rest are not far away.

A check on attractions near Burlington, VT turned up something called The Robert Hull Fleming Museum, which appears to be an art and anthropological museum on the Univ. of Vermont campus. Haven't been, but it's the kind of place I'd be interested to check out if I were there.

Lake Willoughby is a really lovely spot in the Northeast Kingdom area of Vermont.

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:12 PM.