Places To Go
What can you learn about Vermont history by visiting museums and historic places?
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier
Explore 350 years of Vermont history in the exhibit Freedom & Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories. Highlights of the exhibit include an Abenaki wigwam, a telegraph in the train station, and music in the World War II era living room.
Vermont State House, Montpelier
Visit the state Capitol building and see where Vermont's laws are made. The building has been restored to how it looked in the mid to late 1800s.
Local Historical Societies, Statewide
Vermont has over 190 local historical societies that help preserve Vermont history. Your local historians can help you learn more about your community. Many of the local historical societies are run by volunteers. Call ahead to learn about their collections and to find out when the society is open.
African American Heritage Trail, Statewide
Visit the many historic sites and markers along the Vermont African American Heritage Trail.
American Precision Museum, Windsor
The museum highlights the history of technology and innovation in an historic factory building while making connections with 21st century careers.
Chimney Point State Historic Site, Addison
Visit this museum located in a historic tavern to learn about the history of Abenaki people and French settlers in the Champlain Valley.
Heritage Winooski Mill Museum, Winooski
Located in the Champlain Mill, this museum celebrates the history of mill workers and the textile mills at Winooski Falls.
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Manchester
Learn about the descendants of President Abraham Lincoln and the values of the family who built this home in Vermont. Visit the Pullman railroad car, part of the African-American Heritage Trail.
Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell
Mount Independence is the site of a Revolutionary War fortress located across Lake Champlain from Fort Ticonderoga. Visit the museum to see artifacts left behind by the Continental and British Armies in 1776 and 1777 and to hear the soldiers tell their stories. Explore the history outdoors by hiking the trails around this important archaeological site.
Old Stone House Museum and Historic Village, Brownington
This museum tells the story of Alexander Twilight, an African-American educator and the builder of the stone Athenian Hall. The building also houses exhibits about the history of Orleans County.
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth
Considered the best preserved presidential birthplace in the nation, Plymouth Notch includes the homes of Calvin Coolidge’s family and neighbors, general store, church, cheese factory and 1924 Summer White House office. The Coolidge Museum & Education Center has exhibits about Coolidge’s life and times, a museum store and classroom.
Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh
Visit the home of the Robinson family and learn about farming and abolition. Hear the stories of Simon and Jesse in the exhibit Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont.
- Free & Safe Virtual Tour
- Field Trip Information
- Read The Road to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in Vermont (PDF)
- Watch This Place in History Rokeby Museum
Saint Albans Museum, St. Albans
Explore the fascinating history of St. Albans including the history of the St. Albans Raid, the railroad in Vermont, and life in the city.
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
Shelburne Museum is one of the finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.