Vermont seems wild & wooly but the beginnings of America took shape in these hills. Quechee State Park is right off Hwy 4 but the sites are wide & heavily wooded. We feel like we are deep in the woods!
Vermonters claim the Quechee Gorge is their Grand Canyon. It is lovely, but at 145 feet deep, that is quite a stretch.
In 1760, Vermont was 95% forested. Seventy percent of its virgin timber was gone by mid 1800’s, causing concern among VT’s burgeoning conservationists. The Billings Farm & Museum & the adjacent Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park highlight the history of conservation & the growth of environmentalists in VT & our country. Built in 1805, the home housed prominent conservation families until Laurence & Mary Rockefeller donated it to the National Park Service in 1992. It is the only national park to tell the story of conservation history & the evolution of land stewardship in America. By 1934 the Rockefeller family had created or enhanced over 20 national parks. What a wonderful use of private funds. Perhaps it is time for other wealthy citizens to step up to protect our environment.
Woodstock is a very quaint Vermont village complete with several covered bridges. Four local churches boast bells made by Paul Revere! How cool is that? The wet mild summers are perfect for perennials & gorgeous flower gardens add to the local beauty.