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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

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Seeking New Residents For Beautiful and Peaceful Quarry Hill!

Dear Visitors and Friends,
We at Quarry Hill are looking for some new residents for approximately three or four houses that will be empty starting this coming summer. We welcome inquiries about living here, visiting, renting on a long or short term basis, etc.
QH is located in Rochester, Vermont, in the "heart of the Green Mountains." Rochester is a quiet town of about 1500 people (check out the Wikipedia entry on both QH and Rochester for more information), and is small-town USA at its best and most beautiful. The mountains surrounding are gorgeous, and the land is right near the Green Mountain National Forest and the Long Trail, so there is plenty of room. WE have some gardening space, and some land that is open to the use of all.

The only things that we, the family and current residents, ask of new residents consist of an agreement to support the rights of children not to be spanked, neglected, or treated in a derogatory manner, no matter whether they are "your" children or not;also, we don't allow hunting or fishing on the property. Guns are not allowed either, for safety reasons. They must be left elsewhere or turned over to my husband, Brion, the manager, and will be returned on leaving.
Nonviolence is a core value at QH, and we hope to meet people who feel the same way and who wish to live in a beautiful, peaceful place in Vermont, for an extremely reasonable rent or (if you buy a house) site fee. There's a community-use building for parties and gatherings, also people rent rooms and live in the large building. For more information, please e mail or leave a message here with an e mail address where I can reach you. My email is
There's much more I could say, but please get in touch and I will answer your questions as best I can!
We would welcome visitors interested in the possibility of living here on either a long or short term basis.
Please come visit!
Ladybelle Fiske (McFarlin)

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