AAA Editor Notes
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion, just inside the entrance to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park at 54 Elm St., is the childhood home of pioneering environmentalist George Perkins Marsh. Conservationist Frederick Billings purchased the property in 1869 and built the Queen Anne-style residence that his granddaughter, Mary French Rockefeller, modernized in the 1950s. The house features Tiffany glass windows and beautifully detailed woodwork as well as the recently opened dining room complete with table settings.
Ranger-guided tours of the mansion and gardens explore the history of conservation, the stewardship ethic of the Marsh, Billings and Rockefeller families, and community-based conservation in a more modern context. In addition to original furnishings and personal items, the mansion displays works of art that include some of America’s finest landscape paintings, highlighting the influence painting and photography had on the conservation movement.
Guided tours are available.