|Sign above bridge: "Walk your horses or pay $2 fine"|
CAUTION: History Lesson Ahead. You can skip it if you want, but then you'll have to go to Vermont to find out about the park.
After the Revolutionary Wary, settlers poured into Vermont. Not too many years later, the Green Mountains weren't so green anymore. The trees had been logged, creating erosion and flooding. Sounds like the 19th century version of clear-cutting, without benefit of chainsaws. It was an environmental crisis! (Bet you thought that didn't happen until the 20th century!)
At the Visitors Center we watched a video about the park. I didn't realize you had to make reservations to tour the mansion, so once again, we weren't able to go in and could only wander around outside. Below is the Belvedere with lots of gingerbread. I didn't know what a Belvedere was (hooray for Google!)--it's a summerhouse with an upper story with a view. There's a huge greenhouse behind it and a pool beside it.
Our first view of the mansion was from the Terrace Gardens.
The view of Tom Hill from the Mansion porch is much nicer now. It even has color.
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