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Maria von Trapp

The Sound of Music is one of the most popular shows and movies of all time.  Rodgers and Hammerstein’s songs are so well loved that in countries from Australia, to the United States, and Sweden, people flock to concert venues like the Hollywood Bowl to attend a Sound of Music Sing Along.

Did you know that this all got started because of a book?  In 1949, Maria von Trapp wrote The Story of the Trapp Family Singers and it became a bestseller.  The Sound of Music was inspired by Maria’s record of the family’s unusually eventful life.

The Trapp Family Lodge

After leaving Austria during WWII and singing and traveling together, the von Trapp family eventually settled in Stowe, Vermont.  In time, they opened the Trapp Family Lodge.  The lodge is still owned by members of the family and offers a few of everyone’s favorite things to do in the mountains, like hiking, cross country skiing, bird watching, and biking.  There are also Trapp Family History tours during which you can all about the real life people who inspired The Sound of Music.

Maria von Trapp
The one and only Maria von Trapp, photo courtesy of Uneek Dolls

The Trapp Family Lodge is the last literary home on our Vermont Author Adventures Trail.

Rebecca Blake Beech