Guilford & Brattleboro
One of the great nearly undiscovered treasures in the US is this incredible place to live called southern Vermont. Nestled between the West and Connecticut Rivers, Brattleboro and the surrounding villages, provide visitors with an extraordinary variety of indoor & outdoor activities, arts & entertainment. It is also a regional center for commerce, finance, education and technology.
It had been settled by the native American Indians and then inhabited by early colonists and at one time with its population at about 2,000 people it was Vermont's most populous community until the 1820's. Guilford with its lovely landscapes, covered bridges, and miles of back country roads is one of the most scenic communities in Vermont.
Guilford is 15 minutes from Brattleboro, Vermont a thriving cultural community and downtown. It is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Boston, 3 hours from New York, and about 1 1/2 hours to Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT. It is within a half hour of Northampton, Massachusetts famed for its rich cultural life and home to Smith College and other universities. This is one of the top arts and culture areas in the U.S. with world class classical music, Jazz, and all kinds of performance arts. The Amtrak Vermonter runs from Washington, DC and stops in Brattleboro.
Brattleboro is a unique town that is best savored slowly and is listed as one of the Top Ten Art Towns with populations less than 30,000 in the book The 100 Best Art Towns In America written by John Villani.
Education & Schools:
The local school is Guilford Central School for grades K-8 and Brattleboro Union High School for grades 9-12. The public schools are excellent and there is a treasure trove of other schools in the surrounding area including a Montessori School and outstanding private schools like Putney School, Northfield Mount Hermon, and the Deerfield Academy. For higher education, Sweet Pond Eco-Community is less than an hour to the Five College area (Smith, Holyoke, University of Massachusetts, Holy Cross, Amherst) and is about 20 minutes from Marlboro College. Located in Brattleboro is the School for International Training.
The sports scene in Southern Vermont is phenomenal! Kayaking, biking, walking, riding. There is excellent skiing from November to April at Mount Snow and Stratton just over 20 miles away. There are some great local spots for Cross Country skiing, stables for horse back riding,and dozens of other sports opportunities in the area. The pond and trails on the property are a great start!
There are six inexpensive clay courts within 10 miles of Sweet Pond at the Brattleboro Outing Club. There is an 18 hole golf course with virtually no tee times and lovely rolling fields. Located within Guilford are Weatherhead Hollow Pond and Sweet Pond which are both state owned. Sweet Pond is just down the road and has a nice trail around it and Weatherhead Hollow Pond has a boat ramp.
Hospitals & Wholistic Health:
Sweet Pond Eco-community is about eight miles from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital a full service regional hospital, plus there are large medical centers within driving distances Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Baystate Medical Center. In the local area there is an amazing wealth of wholistic medical providers from naturopaths to homeopaths, six acupuncturists, a vast array of massage therapists, and a complete rainbow of alternative medical providers.
Book Stores and Culture:
Guilford has 34 identified historic sites such as taverns, churches, houses, schools, a grange, and more than a dozen historic cemeteries. One of these, the historic Town Pound, is located on our property. The Guilford Free Library is located about one mile away in Guilford Center. Brattleboro boasts six independent book stores and a library plus the resources of the local colleges.
Friends of Music at Guilford:
Friends of Music at Guilford is the only Guilford-based arts organization among the many in greater Brattleboro. Founded in 1965, its annual season begins on Labor Day weekend with a mini-festival at the Organ Barn in an idyllic Guilford setting only a short drive from the Sweet Pond Eco Community. There's a Saturday evening organ concert in the barn, often featuring additional instruments and voices, and a Sunday afternoon lawn concert for chamber orchestra that entertains an audience of about 300 picnickers. Every December, Friends of Music hosts a holiday concert in historic Christ Church on Rt. 5 in Guilford's Algiers village, featuring the Guilford Chamber Singers in thematic programs ranging across the centuries from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to more contemporary folk, jazz, pop, and modern classical arrangements; and always including the dramatic reading of a classic holiday story. A fundraising Guilford Garden Tour is organized biennially as a co-benefit for the Guilford Historical Society. Other programs, presented in Guilford and elsewhere, include choral concerts, stage music projects, and performances by distinguished guest artists and ensembles from near and far, often including new work by Vermont composers. The performance of works that are out of the ordinary is a particular mission of the organization. For more information, visit Friends of Music online at www.fomag.org.
There are farmer's markets every week and the largest Natural Food Co-op in the Northeast in Brattleboro. Plus, as Benjamin Franklin said, ''Beer is God's way of saying he loves us and wants us to be happy'' and with that in mind some of the most delicious micro-brewed beer is made and available in Vermont including McNeil's which is brewed in Brattleboro.
A great introduction to the town of Guilford is the website developed by the students of Guilford Central School.
The local fire department is the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department.