The Coolidge Homestead, also known as Calvin Coolidge Homestead District or President Calvin Coolidge State Historical Site, was the childhood home of the thirtieth President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge. Located in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, Coolidge lived there from age four in 1876 to 1887, when he departed for Black River Academy for education. The home, itself, was bought by his father, John Coolidge, who expanded the home from a simple one and a half story farm house to its present size and appearance today. Despite living most of his life in Northampton, Massachusetts, Coolidge often returned to the homestead to visit his family and was staying there when President Warren G. Harding, died. Coolidge was sworn in by his father in the family parlor after taking the Oath of Office for the presidency. Due to his father's refusal to modernize the house, the house remains to this day in the same condition, and in some cases, the same furnishings, as it was the night Coolidge took the oath. Learn more...
William Augustus Edwards
, also known as William A. Edwards
, (December 8, 1866-March 30, 1939) was an Atlanta
-based American architect
renowned for the educational buildings, courthouses and other public and private buildings that he designed in Florida
and his native South Carolina
He and another Darlington County native, Charles Coker Wilson, set up an office together in Columbia, having previously worked in Roanoke, Virginia. The two men prospered for a time, but in 1901 Edwards found a new partner, Frank C. Walter. Between then and 1908 the two designed many public school buildings across the state. In 1908 the men moved their firm to Atlanta, Georgia, where they were briefly associated with an architect named Parnham. The firm lasted until 1911, at which point Walter left to work on his own. Learn more...