Quarry Hill Creative Center, Vermont's hip refuge for the unusual and artistic-- founded 1946 by Irving and Barbara Fiske, writer for the WPA/poet/playwright/freelance writer, and cartoonist/artist/painter/visionary.
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Quarry Hill Creative Center in Rochester, VT, founded 1946 by Barbara and Irving Fiske, is Vermont's oldest alternative community and at one time was probably also its largest. In the 60s -80s, as many as 90 people lived here. It was and is visited each year, often in summer (but in every season, really) by visitors from all over the world. We welcome interesting and creative people who are peaceful, bring no weapons, don't believe in hitting children or killing animals, and enjoy the beauty of Vermont and of themselves. Most of us do not adhere to any particular dogma or religion, though many do find Eastern philosophy closest to our own thought (some of us are also members of the Quakers/Society of Friends). We value the individual, particularly people who are energetic and have a sense of humor. Visitors are welcome-- and prospective residents, too. There are some places for rent, others for sale. If interested, get in touch! And, please follow the Blog and comment whenever you like!
"The symbol is the enemy of the reality, and the reality is ever one's true guide, true friend, true companion, and true self." Irving Fiske, 1908-1990
Looking for renters for the Winter or longer, in Barbara Fiske Calhoun's house at Quarry Hill. It was built to be a shared, communal house, with room for several artistic and literary people and their families, and so we have several rooms with lofts for sleeping and a large open space downstairs for doing something creative.
Great place to write, paint, think, hang out with new friends (shared living room downstairs and kitchen; there are bathrooms on both floors, shared by the people on that floor), be near ALL THE SKI areas (almost) in an inexpensive place, and just do whatever you think you may wish to do. There are only a few things we ask of people who live here....
1. We don't hit children (or anyone else) and don't "Punish" them. We try to interact with them, while keeping young ones safe, as though they had intelligence and free will and could come to understand the necessity for things. We honor and enjoy and protect them, and at the same time make sure they are safe and fed and cared for. People watch out for one another's kids to the extent they are able to.
Please keep an eye on them around the Pond! It is very deep in the middle.
2. We don't hunt, fish, or raise animals on the land to kill for any purpose whatever. My mother was a vegetarian (apparently) from the cradle, and I from the age of seven. We don't try to tell others what to eat (except we can't handle boiling lobsters alive here). If you want to eat meat, that's your choice. But please, we don't kill things or hurt them here. "They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy Mountain," it says somewhere in the Bible... and we've always agreed with it there and have made every effort to protect animals. Please steer kids away from tormenting the frogs in the spring!
3. Lyman Hall, Inc. (the corporation that owns the land) will let you know where to park at various times of year. Mud season and winter can be tricky. We appreciate your co-operation. It's a good idea to bring a Subaru or some other 4 wheel drive car.
Not much else in the way of rules. We do hope to see dwelling places kept tidy even if you're here for only a few days.
Now that all that is explained... I think most people will enjoy it here. We also have a couple of cabins, including my father's, the oldest and most historic building on the place. REnts are very inexpensive for Vermont, and we are happy to rent by the week, even possibly for a few nights. Brion McFarlin, the manager, can discuss price with you. A room in my mother's house, with loft and open area, use of a bathroom and of the kitchen and living room, is about $325- 350 a month. Much less than in Burlington or Montpelier!
Get in touch if you would like to know more. I'll try to post photos on here soon.
Ladybelle Fiske 802 767 3902
We ask for a couple of references and first and last month's rent if at all possible.
had an ancestor who was a friend of John C. Calhoun, a racist leader of
the Old South, and his two daughters, of whom one became the ancestor
of my now friend Kathy Grace and her brother whom I haven't yet met, and
the other who became the mother of the mother (raised by AW Venable and
his wife, Isabella Alston Brown) of my mother. Kathy is an admirer of
the father of my daughter Joya Lonsdale, Ellias Lonsdale, a sort of guru
and astrologer in Hawai'i... she came here year before last just in
time to meet my mother, Barbara (or Isabelle, really) Hall Fiske
Calhoun, who died in April, 2014. How odd the universe is! Kathy and I
are now good friends... but in no way share the racist views of our
forefather! (She did get on well with my rebel against the rebels Barbara though!)