National Christmas Tree

Location: Ripton
Tag(s): Famous Vermonters
Historical Category: Government History
Video Date: 12/23/2021

The first national Christmas tree was installed in 1923 during the administration of Calvin Coolidge. It was taken from the Battell Wilderness in Ripton, VT courtesy of Middlebury College, and shipped via train to be installed on the White House grounds to great fanfare and celebration.

This Place in History is produced in partnership by Local 22 & Local 44 ( and the Vermont Historical Society.

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