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June 05, 2018

Vermont Days Offer Free Fishing and Free Access to State Parks and Historic Sites

Vermont Days are an annual invitation to visitors and Vermonters to explore, for free, Vermont's excellent fishing, state parks, and historic culture.

For the weekend of June 9-10, all Vermont State Parks day-use areas and all state-owned Historic Sites will be open at no charge. Saturday is free fishing day, the one day of the summer when anyone can fish in Vermont without a license. It's also a day for history: the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier and the Vermont History Center in Barre will offer free admission on Saturday, June 9.

"Vermont Days is an ideal opportunity for people to experience the many unique and beautiful Vermont State Historic Sites, Vermont State Parks and fishing access points that make our state so attractive for cultural travelers and outdoor recreationalists," said Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Wendy Knight. "Visitors and residents alike can enjoy free admission at these wonderful destinations."

Sponsored by the State of Vermont, Vermont Days also coincide with these special events around the state:

June 9: Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival

Ed Weed Fish Culture Station, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Designed for young anglers and families, this free event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in the hatchery pond. No prior fishing experience is needed, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife will be supplying fishing rods, reels and bait for use by participants.

June 9: Anything for Speed: Automobile Racing in Vermont

Vermont History Center, Barre, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Discover treasures unseen since their racing days: trophies, models, car parts, firesuits, flags, and photographs. Share your memories on our talk-back wall or challenge your friends in our racing simulator.

June 9: Vermont Days at Mount Independence

Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell, 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

A full day of events on Saturday includes the Mount Independence Coalition annual meeting (10 a.m., open to the public); a book discussion on the 1933 Revolutionary War novel, Rabble in Arms (12:30 p.m.); and a lecture by historian Willard Sterne Randall on the historic figure of Benedict Arnold, contrasted with his fictional counterpart (2 p.m.).

June 9: Vermont Days at Vermont History Museum

Vermont History Museum, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Current exhibits include: Freedom & Unity, featuring a full-sized Abenaki wigwam and railroad station with working telegraph; Solzhenitsyn in Vermont, celebrating the life and work of Russian novelist and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on what would be the 100th anniversary of his birth; and Our Vanishing Landmarks: Chelsea & Beyond, featuring artwork, writing and artifacts that celebrate agricultural heritage.

June 10: Green Mountain Brass Band

Waterbury Center State Park, 2 p.m.

Enjoy live music in a beautiful outdoor setting.

June 10: Opening Celebration: Crossing Paths and Point of Contact

Chimney Point State Historic Site, Addison, 1-4 p.m.

Opening celebration for two new permanent exhibits on the Native American, French Colonial, English, and early American history at the Point including the most recent archaeological findings from excavations at the site. All are welcome to bring an artifact from your own collection for identification. Light refreshments will be served.

June 10: From Revolution to the Bill of Rights

Hubbardton Battlefield, Hubbardton, 2-3:00 p.m.

Historian and site interpreter Paul Andriscin will trace the road from the American Revolution to the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Questions and moderated discussion to follow.

June 10: Open House and Homecoming for Land Grant College Graduates

Senator Justin S. Morrill State Historic Site, Strafford, 2-4 p.m.

Alumni of Land Grant Colleges and members of the public are invited to a "Homecoming" celebration and open house at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site, featuring house tours, light refreshments and an opportunity to mingle with the Senator himself (in the person of David McWilliams).

For more information, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Cook, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, (802) 522-2896,

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: June 05, 2018 14:44:32