The women and men behind the names Marsh, Billings, and Rockefeller shared many goals that are seen and told through their common residence, forest, and land–now the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park–and working farm–now the Billings Farm & Museum. Caring deeply for the world around them, they fully recognized the many connections that bind us to the health and character of the land. through their work and by their examples, they inspired land conservation that helped shape our current framework for cherishing the beauty of the natural environment and its ecological resources. The Billings and Rockefeller families shared an overall philosophy of land stewardship that also included a great appreciation for cultural heritage, which is demonstrated in their approach to caring for the estate and in their community philanthropy.
Author Glenn Suokko is also a photographer, designer, and artist. He lives and works in Woodstock, Vermont.