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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, June 14, 2011

Don Calhoun's Birthday

June 14, 2011-- Remembering Don Calhoun, Ph.D, Barbara Fiske's second husband, and one of the guiding lights of Quarry Hill in the Eighties and Nineties. Don was born this day in 1917; a pacifist, Quaker elder, orange farmer, sociology professor, and much more, Don was a person we will long remember. He and Barbara had a very happy marriage. We were all very fond of him, including Irving; the three of them had a kind of mutual fondness for one another (after Irving got over his jealousy of Don). Om Mani Padme Hum. Donald W. Calhoun June 14, 1917-May 5, 2010 Don wrote many books including Spirituality and Community, about the communities in and near which he spent his life, including Quarry Hill Creative Center. This book can be purchased at

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