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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

Thursday, March 3, 2011

What would people like to know about Quarry Hill?

Hello friends and visitors to this blog!
I'm wondering, on this chilly morning, as birds hop around on my mini-balcony feeding and ice begins to melt, creating momentary rainbow glimmers in the window, what people would like to know about Quarry Hill.
If you read "Vermont's Legendary Hip Refuge" regularly (as many seem to do) or just run across it, I imagine you must wonder about our life-style (formerly or now), what it looks like here (I can take pictures of our mountains), and other such matters.  It is winter, so photos will reflect the fact that there's plenty of snow!  I'd be glad to answer questions, without going into so much detail that the residents' privacy is impinged upon.
If you'd like to ask a question, please reply to this post, or send me an e mail at
Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you.

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