Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

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Marsh-Bllings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park carriage road.jpg
Carriage road within the park
Map showing the location of Marsh-Bllings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Map showing the location of Marsh-Bllings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Location Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Nearest city Woodstock, Vermont
Coordinates 43°37′52″N 72°31′46″W / 43.6312462°N 72.5293562°W / 43.6312462; -72.5293562Coordinates: 43°37′52″N 72°31′46″W / 43.6312462°N 72.5293562°W / 43.6312462; -72.5293562
Area 643 acres (2.60 km2)
Established August 26, 1992
Visitors 29,049 (in 2011)[1]
Governing body National Park Service
Website Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont. The park preserves the site where Frederick Billings established a managed forest and a progressive dairy farm. The name honors Billings and the other owners of the property: George Perkins Marsh, Mary Montagu Billings French, Laurance Rockefeller, and Mary French Rockefeller.[2] The Rockefellers transferred the property to the federal government in 1992. It is the only unit of the United States National Park System in Vermont (except for a portion of the Appalachian Trail).

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park was awarded the first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of a United States national park by the Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program in August 2005. This certification made Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller only the second United States federal land to receive such certification for sustainable forest management.

Visitors can take guided tours of the 19th century George Perkins Marsh Boyhood Home, which includes displays of landscape paintings, highlighting the influence painting and photography had on the conservation movement. The gardens have also been restored.

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  1. ^ "National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics". National Park Service. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mary and Laurance Rockefellers’ Billings Farm and the Farm & Museum". Vermont Standard. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 

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