|Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is named for three individuals and their families who played important roles in American conservation history: George Perkins Marsh [1801-1882], Frederick Billings [1823-1890] and Laurance S. Rockefeller [1910-2004].
The lives and contributions of these three generations of stewardship reflect the wide range of attitudes and ideas in the evolution of the conservation movement in the United States.
The site was the boyhood home of G. P. Marsh, one of America’s first conservationists. Later, it was the home of Billings, and then its most recent owners, Billings’ granddaughter Mary Rockefeller and her husband Laurance Rockefeller.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is the living evocation of conservationist thought and practice. It seeks to address conservation in a modern context, exploring the idea of place, and the ways in which humans can balance conservation stewardship with the diverse needs and opportunities of our twenty-first century world.
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