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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, November 19, 2013


 A group of Vermont filmmakers have made a history of Vermont in (I think) six parts.  It is well worth seeing, though so far, I have only seen Part 3, about odd people and big change (such as the Interastat) to Vermont, and about communes and communities .... and Quarry Hill, a part of the story.

I am in the film, giving what I recall as about a five hour interview... and Barbara, my mother, co-founder of QH, and artist, being very funny and inviting the filmmaker, Nora Jacobson, to vome live at Quarry Hill.   

Many younger people from QH also speak in the movie, Jason, Carrie, Jill, Eva, etc. 

In any case, not just because of QH, but because of fascinating stories like that of a woman named  Shoshonna, heroine of the hippie underground who did not harm anyone with the Weathermen, but was being sought by the FBI in those days-- and had Packer Corners commune offer to sell their land to get her out of Riker's Island.... I recommend seeing this film. 

I look forward to seeing the other parts!

-- Ladybelle

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