Exploring the Mendon area of Vermont is a wonderful way to enjoy a vacation filled with beauty and history. One of the treasures that you may want to visit during your stay at a Mendon inn is the Norman Rockwell Museum, not the one in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, but the one right in this area.
Norman Rockwell Museum
Rutland, VT 05701
This museum celebrates the years that Norman Rockwell spent in Vermont, and has a large collection of magazine covers, including The Saturday Evening Post. But Norman Rockwell's illustrations were on many other magazine covers as well, such as the less heard of The Literary Digest and The Country Gentleman. The museum helps the artist's take on Americana stay alive with these covers that that preserved the nostalgia of the moment forever. The museum, which opened in 1974, has more than 2400 covers, prints and other items on display.
The Wilson Castle
P.O. Box 290
Center Rutland, Vermont 05736
The Wilson Castle, which is located in Proctor, was built in the mid-19th century and has been a home for five generations of the Wilson family. This architectural masterpiece sits on a 115-acre setting and has three floors with 32 rooms, a parapet, tower and balcony. The outside of the castle is made of English brick and marble, and has 84 stained glass windows. Inside, European and Far East antiques abound. Tours of the property, including the stables and carriage house, are available on a daily basis. It is open daily from mid-May to late September, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Paramount Theater
30 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Built in 1913, the theater was renovated in the 20s and 30s and attracted talent like Harry Houdini and Ethel Barrymore. In the 70s it went into decline, and closed in 1975. After extensive renovations and restoration, the Paramount reopened in 2000. The theater hosts the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and showcases live performances by the Peking Acrobats, Cirque Le Masque, as well as appearances by Ed Asner, Garrison Keiller and comedian Brian Regan. Classic moves are shown regularly. Live concert performances by hit bands like Little Feat and The Machine, who have been performing Pink Floyd music for over 20 years, are always sold out. After your visit to the theater, you'll be ready to return to the comforts of your charming Mendon bed and breakfast.
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
3780 Rt 100A
Plymouth, VT 05056
Be sure to stop by the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site to see the homestead where Coolidge was born and the site of his internment today. There are several historic structures on the location, which comes alive every Fourth of July, Coolidge's birthday. He is the only United States President to be born on that historic date.