Usually people think of famous landmarks or museums - but agriculture is also an important part of human history. For nature and agricultural buffs, or those looking for something a bit different in their historical sightseeing, Shelburne Farms in Vermont is an excellent choice.
This farm is historically significant because it's an example of what is called an 'ornamental farm' - a kind of farm developed in the late 19th century by Robert Henderson Robertson and Frederick Law Olmsted.
As for Shelburne Farms in particular, it was created in 1866 as a model agricultural estate. The layout stretches over 3800 acres of not only farm, but fields and forests as well.
The site's historical significance was recognized in 1980, when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was also designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2001. Before that, it was incorporated as an educational nonprofit by descendants of the Webbs, the family who originally established the farms.
Shelbrune Farms has several establishments that will be of interest to tourists, including walking trails, restaurants, and property tours.
History covers many facets of life, from the large events of an era to the more mundane and everyday. Many of the U.S.A.'s most famous museums cover the larger events of its history - but sites like Shelburne Farms help show us the economies and lives of those who came before us.