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Welcome to Quarry Hill's Blog!

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!
And, please follow the Blog and comment whenever you like!

"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, April 16, 2011

Join me to discuss Sister Wives Sunday, April 17 at 10 EST (approx)...

On, TV Open Thread-- for all your Rants and Raves! -- Ladybelle Fiske Reporter


  1. I have a photograph of a young mom and her one- or two-year-old child that I took at a commune near Rochester Vermont around 1971. I also have a few other pictures taken at the commune. Is there a way to post these images on this site, or someone who might be able to identify the mom and child?
    Peter Grad

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  3. Firstly, have to say that Quarry Hill isn't and never was a commune. It is a rental corporation and Vermont's oldest community-based alternative lifestyle situation.
    But please, send me the photo, post it here, and I will try to identify it for you.
    Ladybelle Fiske
    You can e mail it to me at
    I will not post it if you don't want me to.
    How are you? Did we meet in those days?

  4. WE would LOVE to see these rare photos!
    How did you happen to come here, if this is the place you're talking about? Did you know someone?
    What made you remove your post?
    All is well. Would love to see photos.