The 2020 Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter will be the fourth 2020 strike of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program. It also number fifty-four out of fifty-six new strikes created under the program.
The final design for the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller strike will be a mystery until probably early in the year 2020. Design candidates, however, should be released by the Mint sometime in the previous year for review and comment by the appropriate agencies and individuals.
America the Beautiful Quarters like this Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter honor sites of national interest from around the United States with reverse designs emblematic of that location on their reverse.
Additional 2020 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- National Park of American Samoa Quarter
- Weir Farm National Historic Site Quarter
- Salt River Bay National Historical Park Quarter
- Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarter
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park of Vermont
The hyphenated park name gives credit to the previous owners of the land in Vermont but not to the history behind it.
George Perkins Marsh, diplomat and a man many consider to be America’s first environmentalist, first owned the land in the early 1800’s. It was bought in 1869 by Frederick Billings, a lawyer and financier who made it a personal mission to reforest much of the area landscape after he bought it off of farmers who failed on the land. He also started a dairy farm operation. His heirs continued the tradition. The land eventually came under the ownership of Laurance Rockefeller, noted philanthropist whose conservation efforts expanded national parks around the country.
Finally, in 1992, Rockefeller donated the area he had used as a summer home to the National Park Service which created the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. It is operated in partnership with the Billings Farm and Museum located next door which still operates as a dairy farm along with offering a glimpse into Vermont’s rich agricultural past.
The park itself is only open Memorial Day weekend to October 31st of each year when guided tours are available of the park’s offerings. In the winter, the roads are groomed for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.