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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!
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"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

Saturday, September 11, 2010

To my true family at Quarry Hill (10-01-1997)

Thank you for all of the many and most meaningful things that you have done for me during the last 30 years . You blow my mind consistently still. I shall be eternally grateful, and do love all of you much more than you can ever imagine. I have never found , much less been accepted into, real community except at Quarry Hill.
    In 1967, I read and still remember a poem by Shin Pen, the wondrous poet and founder of the Shin or Pure Land school of Buddhism, which expresses my feelings for you much better than I ever could express them. It is as follows:

"Precious memories
When I reach the Blessed Pure Land
 and have my final birth,
The very first thoughts that I shall have
Will be of friends on earth."

Thank you!

Dillard K. Henderson of North Carolina
is, and for many years has been, Poet Laureate of Quarry Hill.

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