> Plymouth Old Home Day
> PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. -- Old Home Days were a tradition in many Vermont
> communities during the early 20th century. Once a year town organizations
> and professional entertainers united to celebrate their community. The
> tradition faded in the 1920s, but has been revived in Plymouth.
> On July 31, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., the President Calvin Coolidge State
> Historic Site is hosting the Fifth Annual Plymouth Old Home Day. This
> special event will be a day-long festival of old-time music, oratory,
> historical demonstrations, special exhibits, and culinary treats.
> Scheduled activities include:
> * Presidential press conferences by actor Jim Cooke as President
> Calvin Coolidge,
> * Old-time music performances by Hull's Victory, traditional fiddle
> tunes by members of the Plymouth Farm & Wilderness Camps,
> * Historic farm and craft demonstrations, wagon rides, guided trail
> walks, chicken barbecue,
> * Raffle of a Coolidge Rocker and a quilt,
> * A lecture by Fishing with the Presidents author Bill Mares,
> * Book signing by Will and Jane Curtis, authors of Return to These
> * Vermont Institute of Natural Science kite parade and bird displays,
> * Exhibits by the Plymouth Historical Society, including displays of
> Plymouth gold.
> Free Moxie will be served by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. An
> evening program begins at 6 p.m. and will feature the highly acclaimed
> White Heat Swing Orchestra, a reenactment of Coolidge's 1923 Homestead
> Inaugural, and a spectacular fireworks display. A new exhibit, First
> Pets: The Coolidge White House Animals is on view throughout the season at
> the Visitor Center Museum.
> Plymouth Old Home Day is free and open to the public. Tours of the
> historic site buildings are $5.00 for adults, free to children 14 and
> under. Admission to the evening activities, sponsored by the Calvin
> Coolidge Memorial Foundation and the Vermont Council on the Humanities, is
> $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 12-18 and free to children under 12.
> Plymouth Old Home Day provides a fine opportunity to explore "the best
> preserved presidential birthplace in the nation". Plymouth Notch is a
> pristine example of an early twentieth century Vermont hill town. The
> buildings, including the homes of Coolidge's family and neighbors, the
> village church, general store, cheese factory (still making cheese using
> the original 1890 recipe), and community dance hall that served as the
> 1924 Summer White House office, have been carefully preserved.
> A modern Visitor Center, two museum stores, two walking trails, and an
> on-site restaurant are among the amenities. A special part of any visit
> to AThe Notch@ is the steep hillside cemetery where Calvin Coolidge rests
> with six generations of his family.
> For further information about Plymouth Old Home Day contact the President
> Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, William Jenney, at 802-672-3773.