The Corner

Coolidge Birthplace

Plymouth Notch, Vermont — Calvin Coolidge’s birthplace and childhood

home — is a lovely place to visit. In Coolidge’s own time it was a popular

tourist destination, and some rudimentary wooden cabins were set up in a

nearby field for overnight guests. The cabins are still there. On a

venture once, when I was “in” with the curator of the site & doing some

events there, I asked if I and my family might stay in one of the cabins.

They let us. I can’t say it was the most comfortable night of my life –

the kids were aged 2 and 4 at the time — but it wasn’t bad. And getting up

early in the morning and stepping out into that beautiful scenery, with

everything quiet except for birdsong — well, it was a Coolidge moment.