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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, February 15, 2011

If you'd like to visit Quarry Hill--

Nearby view, North Hollow, Rochester, VT. (By Ladybelle, Oct. 2010)

If you would  like to spend some time here this year, visiting, skiing perhaps)if you come now the skiing's great!)-- or in the summer, when Quarry Hill is beautiful and sunlit with flowers all around and the organic garden (shared, not a giant proposition) bearing zuchini and tomatoes-- and the nearby river ready for a swim-- and the mountains ready to be climbed-- let us know, please!

We have several houses built in the 70s and 80s for rent; rooms in the common house, one with a king-size bed and a large and comfortable feel; and houses for sale by the previous owners with long-term leases for the land (through the family corporation); also the leases are renewable, so that it can be a permanent place to live.

We're eager to meet new people and have them help us continue, build and change this way of life that has been unique in the world of communities and nothing like the conventional world-- though it is a lot more quiet here today than in the Sixties and Seventies. Once a year we have a one week festival throughout "Lughnasa" (Aug. 3 or so)-- which started out as a birthday party for my daughter, Joya, and now is a hip destination for a special party, with camping, costumes, dancing, and pancake breakfasts for those who dance all night. If you plan to come, let us know and please bring money for food, a sleeping bag and a tent if you can, no pets if possible, and no drugs, illegal objects or substances, or guns.
We look forward to seeing you! Visit us-- for a free night or two-- and then for very low charges or a work exchange. Our rents are unbelievably low, and our ambiance is peaceful, non-intrusive, and accepting of the individual human spirit.
Our two iron-clad rules: No hitting the kids (or yelling at them), and no killing animals or fishing on the place. We used to have a rule "no dishes in the sink," my father's special point of loathing. This is still in effect in the common building (the Farmhouse), and most people like to try to keep their sinks clean,but it's not a rule in people's personal dwellings.
Come visit! Vermont is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Who knows-- you, like many others, may end up staying for years. Or for just a short time. Some still visit from all over the world each year.
Get in touch by leaving a post or comment here, or e mailing
The address here: Quarry Hill, PO Box 379, Rochester, VT 05767.
Thanks and hope to see you!
Ladybelle Fiske (McFarlin)

1 comment:

  1. Nice room for rent in community building. Common bathroom, kitchen. Has bed, other furniture. $250.00 month. Please send 3 references (we need to be a little more cautious these days than in the 60s and 70s, sadly). Post here or see my e mail above.