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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

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


A NOTE FROM JAIME & JANELLE. ladybelle, i first went to quarry hill back in 2008 with my then-boyfriend (and best friend to this day!), MARTIN. he is a good friend of airon's, and so one hot august morning, we all took off from dumbo, destined for the promise land. i couldn't have dreamed up what i was about to live.... martin & i set up our tent of love on trevor's front lawn, and it rained for days and days it seemed, and unfortunately we didn't get to float down the river during the days, but hanging out in trev's living room and meeting all the good flowers was exactly where we were supposed to be, the rain growing beautiful everlasting friendships, quenching the hill's thirst for life, the hummingbirds spreading joy outside the window. there we all were, united by this place of magic, where the spirits still roam and the stars shine brighter, the FAMILY, the feeling of the revolution still present in every blade of grass, every petal, every leaf, every sweet pea pod. it forever changed my life, those days i spent on that hill, tucked away in nature, cleansing with the rain, dressed in a tie dyed tutu, feathers in my hair, love in my heart as vast as vermont. my twin sister- jaime, was back in canada at the time, which rarely happens- us being apart from each other. and so, she has heard my stories about the magic land, the people, the principles, the vegan pancakes for breakfast, and we have longed to be there ever since 2008! this is the year we will come, to the party, to celebrate life & truth & music & art & the highest purpose of living. i look so forward to seeing you all there, and i want you to know that almost daily i think about the beautiful existence of Quarry Hill. I am so grateful, and to your FATHER, Irving, bless him for creating himself and all of this. His vision and his life was such a gift to the universe, and i believe it continues to create a whole new world. THANK YOU. sending love to QH, always. love from canada, janelle (&jaime)
April 28, 2012 12:28 am
Very happy to hear you will come and love your story!
Thank you for your warm words of Irv. "all love through all infinity." -- Irving
That was the year my brother had died, so glad you could be with us!
April 28, 2012 9:29 am
yes, william had just passed when we arrived that summer. long live their spirits, see you this summer ladybelle! lots of love, always. xoxoxoxo
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