The area around Manchester Center is home to a good number of intriguing Arlington museums. Here are some of the places that you should consider visiting.
American Museum of Fly Fishing
4104 Main Street
Manchester, Vermont 05254
The American Museum of Fly Fishing is truly a one-of-a-kind institution that stands out from the other Arlington museums with its unique collection of fly-fishing items and artifacts. This collection is the largest in the world including thousand of pieces. The museum has a wonderful souvenir store for visitors, where you can buy various books, artwork and even toys. Admission fee to the museum is $5 for adults and $3 for children above 5 years. All children under 5 are admitted free of charge.
Hildene-The Lincoln Family Home
1005 Hildene Rd
Manchester, Vermont 05254
Hildene was built in 1905 by Robert Todd Lincoln and was home to the descendants of Abraham Lincoln until 1975. The residence consists of a wonderful Georgian Revival mansion and an extensive garden with picturesque views. It covers a total area of over 400 acres. Don’t miss the chance to visit this place when staying at a Manchester Center Bed and Breakfast. It will be a real lesson in history and you will be able to see the magnificent 100-year-old Aeolian Pipe Organ this mansion is so famous for.
Southern Vermont Arts Center
Manchester, Vermont 05255
This fabulous art center is well worth the short trip from your Manchester Center Inn. The Southern Vermont Arts Center is not only an art gallery, but also a museum specializing in fine art. The gallery part shows wonderful works of contemporary local artists, while the museum part shows an impressive collection of more than 800 works dating from the 19th and 20th century. If you are interested in art and history, this is surely the right place to visit. Admission fees are $8 for adults and $3 for students. All children are admitted free of charge.
Robert Frost Stone House Museum
121 Vt Route 7A
Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262-9546
Dedicated to the life of the highly-regarded American poet Robert Frost, this is one of the nice Arlington museums that you should definitely visit. The Robert Frost Stone House Museum was the actual residency of the poet from 1920 to 1929. He composed many of his pieces here, including the wonderful “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” The museum holds many historical and educational exhibits regarding the poet’s life. The Stone House is a great historical artifact by itself, dating back from 1769 and a rare example of native colonial architecture.
Dorset Historical Society
Dorset, Vermont 05251-0052
The Dorset Historical Society is an interesting place to visit if you want to learn more about the history of the local marble quarries or if you want to see a picturesque collection of local artworks. A good number of the exhibits here are dating back from 1761. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that the museum is closed in October, so you won’t have the chance to visit it if you’re around Arlington at this time of the year.