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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!
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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

Friday, May 18, 2012


So... in a few days, BTM and I are on our way to visit friends in and see the great beauties of Florence and (briefly) Assisi, Italy. I really look forward to it... and we'll be spending time with my dear and long-time friends Sally and John. I will go with them to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in the north of England, while B. returns home to his job (sigh).  I wish he could be "off" for a bit longer, but am so glad that he has a real job, in which his position is needed and respected-- and that he likes. Ten years ago when he was "dying" of cancer-- or literally, DYING of cancer-- I never thought he'd recover and things would come out this way.  How fortunate we are!
I'm also very proud of our son Andrew, who just finished his first year in law school at Vermont Law in S. Royalton, VT. He has an internship with the Justice Department in Burlington this summer, and I think he will do very well there. I miss him terribly when he's gone. But he's been here for a few days-- tomorrow is his 24th  birthday-- and we've been immensely fortunate to have a son who is so brilliant and so capable... and also remembers compassion and mercy.
I appreciate his abilities, his brilliance and humor. And everything! Happy Birthday, Andrew, dearest son!


  1. We'll be back soon! I look forward to seeing everyone at the A.N.C. D. P this year... on my birthday!

  2. Look thy last on all things lovely, every hour...