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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, January 8, 2011

Happy Birthday to Becky Armstrong; Barbara and Irving's Wedding Anniversary

January 8th is an important day at Quarry Hill.
It's the birthday of Becky Armstrong, long a resident of Quarry Hill and an integral part of the place, wherever she may be living at the moment. She is a close friend of Ladybelle Fiske and came to Quarry Hill in the seminal year of 1966 to "help Irving run his business." After a few months it began to dawn upon her that she was not quite sure what exactly his business was, but life appeared pleasant and included chocolate sodas, and so she remained-- a bulwark of Quarry Hill for many years.
We love her and miss her. (She's teaching at Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, right now.)
January 8, 1946 was also the date of Irving and Barbara Fiske's marriage at City Hall in New York. Barbara's mother, Isabelle Hall Jones (Belle), was present-- got Barbara a wedding suit at a respectably expensive New York store, and had her wedding portrait taken. I will try to scan it in so that it can be reproduced on the site here, for of all the lovely and brilliant women who have lived here, Barbara has no equal.

Happy January 8th to everyone! Peace and Joy!

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