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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

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Barbara and Irving in Florida by James M. Drougas

Isabelle Hall Fiske Calhoun (Barbara), painter, cartoonist and co-creator of Quarry Hill, born Sept. 9.1919 in Tucson, AZ; with Irving Louis Fiske, writer, playwright, inventor and co-creator of Quarry Hill (they bought the property in Rochester, VT on April 10, 1946).  This is a lovely and affectionate photo of the two.
Irving was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY on March 5, 1908 and died on April 25, 1990 in Ocala, Florida.  As he said, "We do die. But we don't die poetically, so to speak."

Barbara is now 94, and in frail health, but still a spirited being for whom art and the creative life have ever been paramount.

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