Simon Pearce Glass & Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller
Glass & Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Hyde Associate Curator Jayne Stokes for an enlightening day in charming
Vermont! Our first stop will be The Mill
at Quechee for a visit to Simon Pearce’s
glassmaking workshop and restaurant. Watch artisans at work and browse through
the extensive collection of glassware and dinnerware (travelers in our group
will be given a 20% discount on any purchases). Enjoy a delicious full service
luncheon in a private dining room overlooking the picturesque Ottauquechee
Next, we will travel to nearby Woodstock for a guided tour of the
mansion at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller
National Historical Park. The boyhood home of early conservationist George
Perkins Marsh and later purchased by Frederick Billings, a lawyer and financier
who managed the land as a model of wise stewardship, the property was given to
the American people by its most recent owners, Laurance S. and Mary F.
Rockefeller. The house, its furnishings, and decorations remain as they
were when the Rockefellers lived there. Among its features are Queen Anne
style woodwork, a Tiffany window, and paintings by American artists Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and John Frederick
Travelers may opt, for an additional fee, to visit the Billings Farm & Museum, located next to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, featuring the Annual Quilt Exhibit with 50 quilts made by today’s quilters of Windsor County, Vermont, quilting activities and demonstrations.
Please note: Access around Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and to the mansion is on paved or gravel paths with gradual inclines; the mansion and its 2nd floor are wheelchair accessible.
Depart I-87: Exit 8 at 7:30 am, Exit 15 at 8 am, exit 19 at 8:30 am
Return I-87: Approximately 6:45 pm, 7:15 pm, 7:45 pm respectively
Cost per person: Hyde members $112; all others $137. Includes group transportation, admissions and tours, luncheon, and driver’s gratuity. Optional Billings Farm & Museum Quilt Exhibit - $7 add-on. Reservations open to non-members beginning July 25, 2013. All reservations must be received by August 22, 2013.
Image: Simon Pearce Restaurant, www.simonpearce.com