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Governor to kick off construction of Coolidge museum, welcomes new cheesemaker to Plymouth

January 1, 2021

first_imgThe only way to properly honor Silent Cal Coolidge is with a party. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation will host Plymouth Old Home Day at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site on Saturday August 1, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Governor Jim Douglas will be the honored guest at the event s highlight: The official groundbreaking of the President Calvin Coolidge Museum & Education Center at 4:00 p.m. This new center will expand and modernize the current visitor center at the Coolidge Site into a 12,000 square foot, year-round facility with auditorium, classrooms, and additional space for permanent and changing interactive exhibits, said John Dumville, Historic Sites Operations Chief. This is an exciting public-private collaboration between the State of Vermont and the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation.   First popular during the early years of the 20th century, Plymouth Old Home Day in 2009 unites town organizations and special guest speakers in a fun-filled festival of historic music, traditional craft and farm demonstrations, wagon rides, and culinary treats. In addition, Governor Douglas will officially welcome a new Vermont cheesemaker to the Plymouth Cheese Factory, located at the site.Fairfield Farms Artisan Cheese, owned by cheesemaker Jesse Werner, has signed a lease with the State of Vermont and has been creating three types of hand-crafted, limited supply cheeses from raw milk at the facility during July.Other activities include:Helene Lang performs as Agatha Christie 11:00 a.m.One-room schoolhouse open house 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.Howard Coffin presents Vermont and the Civil War 2:00 p.m.Groundbreaking ceremony/cheesemaker welcome ceremony 4:00 p.m.Wagon rides and sheep shearing with Fred DePaulChicken barbecue and bake sale to benefit the Plymouth Volunteer Fire DepartmentVermont artisans Fiber Arts in Vermont (demonstrating creative fiber arts weaving, spinning, knitting, etc.), Irene Ames (basket making), Black River Academy Museum (chair caning)Old-time fiddler Adam BoyceHome-style cooking at the Wilder House RestaurantAnd more!Helene Lang and Howard Coffin are sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council through its Speakers Bureau Program. Plymouth Old Home Day is the perfect opportunity to explore Plymouth Notch, considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country.  Twelve buildings are open to the public including the Coolidge Homestead, Coolidge Birthplace, general store, village church, cheese factory and 1924 Summer White House office. An outstanding collection of early agricultural equipment is displayed in the Wilder Barns, and the Aldrich House has a new exhibit this year: A Lake Champlain Childhood: The Early Years of Grace Coolidge, which has been selected as an official Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Event.For further information about Plymouth Old Home Day, call (802) 672-3773, or visit the website: www.HistoricVermont.org/Coolidge(link is external)Source: Vermont Commerce Agency.last_img

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