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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!
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, November 16, 2013

Wow! A lot of visitors to this Site

I am absolutely amazed and impressed by the number of people who have visited this relatively quiet site-- the Blog (well we have 2-- one on Wordpress) of Vermont's Oldest Alternative Community,  or "hippie commune."
I'd like to urge all these followers and visitors-- to whom we are grateful!-- to see "Freedom and Unity, The Vermont Movie," a film made by many Vermont filmmakers-- on the history of Vermont-- now barnstorming around the state. 

Part III is about communes and communities and all sorts of unusual people, and contains a segment on Quarry Hill and its founders, my parents, Irving and Barbara Hall Fiske. I'm in the film and so is my mother, now 94 years old.

If you get a chance, see it! You can also get a copy on DVD at

It is a very special event, and well worth seeing.

Vermont is a special place-- and its history and gloriously lovely geography have combined to create a world unlike any other. We are unlike any other place as well, and I truly hope that you will get a chance to see Part III and all the rest...

You can learn more about The Vermont Movie at

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