President Coolidge's home site is a great place to visit and wander around - and it's still a small working town, complete with a cheese factory. Lots of artifacts and history to discover.
Here we are starting our tour at the general store:
The street through town, past the church and the house where he grew up:
A garden, with a replica of the whirlybird that Cal's son had - the original still exists! It is in storage to keep it from weathering any more:
Transportation of the times (it needs a Morgan Horse to pull it):
The room where President Coolidge was sworn in by his father after Warren G. Harding died in 1923:
Some excellent cheese to take home, the best kind of souvenir!
Examining the old postal box system:
And the new ones downstairs, not a lot different:
Where the president worked while he was at the farm on break from the White House:
Thanks Mom, for suggesting we come here!
Old farm tools - now these methods have changed a bit over the years:
Two former postal employees with a US Mail carriage:
Across the street, the simple graves of the president and his family - another dead president we just happened to visit (I really should start a list):
We drove around the back roads of Reading, learned how to pronounce it ("red-ing", like the Monopoly railroad), didn't see any signs of a real town, and ended up in Woodstock for the afternoon. Another excellent place to spend some time.
I sent this photo to John:
Requisite covered bridge picture:
Later in the day we explored the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller historic park trails. Mom and Phyllis walked up to Pogue Pond and I went for a run. Love the carriage roads. Here's a view from the top of the hill:
Looking back down at Woodstock; ah the lovely green hills of Vermont:
Our final stop on the way home = Joseph Smith's birthplace. It was certainly an interesting variety today! The site is quite lovely (and no, I didn't know this was here either):
An impressive obelisk:
Stones marking the original house where Joseph Smith was born:
For my last day "on the job" we drove to Barre to see the Hope Cemetery, always a favorite. Many granite gravestones are carved into intricate and amazing designs, very creative.
This is one of our favorites:
We spent some time trying to understand these pyramids:
I'm amazed that someone tackled the carving of a perfectly round soccer ball:
Back in the town of Barre to visit another granite carving, this one of Robert Burns (Phyllis can quote some of his books, also amazing):
From Burns to the Bern:
We happened to visit the Vermont Historical Society Museum on a day when all the state parks and facilities were free, nice! Here's the photo I like the best - balance is the key to many things:
What a fun visit! Thank you Mom for the idea to come to Vermont for a few days. It was great spending time with you two, loved it all a lot :)