Justin Morrill

Strafford, VT
Difficulty: Easy
Special Features: Architectural, Historical, Natural
Walking Conditions: Trail
Duration: :30
Season: May-Oct
Bring: Boots, Compass


Senator Justin Morrill (1810 – 1898) was a self-educated native of Strafford, Vermont. Inspired by his own lack of formal education, Senator Morrill was the chief sponsor of the Land Grant Act, signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. The goal of the Act being to create a land grant to each state to provide an education to farmers, mechanics, artisans and laborers. The Morrill Homestead is an example of Gothic Revival Architecture. It was designed and built by Justin Morrill before embarking on his political career. The Justin Morrill Homestead is a Vermont owned Historic Site. Find out more about this place and many others at: www.historicvermont.org.


From I-89 take Exit 2 at Sharon and drive northeast on Vermont Route 132 for six miles to South Strafford Village. In south Strafford, take a left at the stop sign into Justin Morrill Highway. Drive 2 miles to Strafford's "upper village." The homestead will be on your right, just before the library. The quest begins in the parking lot of the Morrill Homestead. Admiddion is charged to enter the house. (You do not need to enter the house to complete the quest, but you will want to once you are there!) The homestead is open from late may through mid-October form 11:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Monday holidays.

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