Friday, October 01, 2004

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site - Visit the rural Vermont village, birthplace and boyhood home of President Calvin Coolidge. Open May to mid-October. Historic site map, building descriptions and directions.

From the site:

It was here that vacationing Vice President Calvin Coolidge received an urgent message from Washington D.C. informing him of the death of President Warren Harding. Coolidge was immediately sworn in as the 30th President of the United States by his father, a Notary Public. Unique in American history, this event occurred by the light of a kerosene lamp in the old family homestead on August 3, 1923 at 2:47 a.m.

The birthplace of the 30th President is a nearly perfect example of an early 20th centuryVermont hill town.

Plymouth Notch, Vermont, the birthplace and boyhood home of Calvin Coolidge, remains virtually unchanged since the early twentieth century. Even during the Roaring Twenties, its rural simplicity appealed to scandal-weary Americans. The homes of Calvin Coolidge's family and neighbors, the community church, cheese factory, one-room schoolhouse, and general store have been carefully preserved, and many buildings have their original furnishings. The President is buried in the town cemetery with seven generations of Coolidges. Visitors are sometimes surprised that a president should be buried in such plain surroundings, but when Coolidge left the White House, he said, "We draw our Presidents from the people...I came from them. I wish to be one of them again."

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