WOODSTOCK — Vermont’s only National Park, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park began its 18th summer season on Saturday, May 23. The park, set in the lovely pastoral surroundings of Woodstock, tells the story of the beginning of the American conservation movement through the lens of a triptych of three unique families (George Perkins Marsh, Frederick Billings, and Mary and Laurance Rockefeller) who resided in a stately home at the site. Stop at the park’s Carriage Barn Visitor Center, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through November 1, for an orientation to the park, to view exhibits, and to learn more about the variety of programs and special events on tap for the season. Visitors pick up a map of the 20 miles of park carriage roads and trails that invite exploration by hikers and equestrians.
This year the National Park Service kicks off a “Find Your Park” celebration in preparation for the service’s centennial in 2016. Visitors are encouraged to share their park adventures on the park’s Facebook page, on their own page with #FindYourPark, or by visiting findyourpark.com.