Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

This past Saturday, we trekked to Norwich, Vermont to meet up with some friends. After a brief stop at the Norwich Farmers Market, we drove to Woodstock for the dedication of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Forest Center and 10th anniversary celebration. The Forest Center is part of the Conservation Study Institute and is a LEED certified building. I’m particularly interested in green building design and construction, so this was a lot of fun. The renovation of Horst Engineering’s 41 Cedar Street plant has incorporated  many LEED requirements. We may still apply for the designation. 

  

The Woodstock Union High School Yoh Theater Players gave a stirring Speakchorus performance. After the ceremony and ribbon cutting, we looked around a bit. The 1876 Woodbarn has been completely redone and there was a great exhibit on the Mount Tom Forest. There is also an incredible collection of mint condition horse-drawn carriages. The Center building is a fine example of sustainable architecture. It is interpretative and offers a real education opportunity for people who are interested in LEED and green building.

We were last at MBR NHP in December 2007. It was great to visit again.

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