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Greetings from the Executive Director
In December 2018 I started as the new Executive Director of The Landmark Trust USA. 

I am delighted to have joined this organization because historic preservation has always been a personal passion and professional pursuit of mine.  I live in southeastern Vermont in a circa 1770s cape that I share with my family and two dogs.  Prior to joining The Landmark Trust USA, I worked with numerous communities and non-profits on revitalization of historic properties in their villages or downtowns. 
 
The new year will have many opportunities as I settle into my role as Executive Director.  I will be looking to expand our historic preservation model through new properties and education. Outreach to the wider communities will continue to be a priority to the organization. I will continue working with our Scott Farm staff to support and sustain the farm into the future.
 
The Landmark Trust USA, established in 1991, carries on historic preservation work according to the model established by The Landmark Trust UK. Our model rescues buildings and sustains them by making the properties available year-round as vacation rentals for those seeking inspiring places to stay. We currently own five properties built between 1800 and the 1930s, all of which have been fully restored and furnished with thoroughly equipped kitchens.  I am excited to say that our model works and it has paved the way for The Landmark Trust USA to take on new historic preservation projects.
 
Another important part of our mission is education.  Currently, we provide numerous opportunities at Naulakha and historic Scott Farm. A couple times a year we open up Naulakha for tours and events Scott Farm  has a lot going on between our Orchard Manager, Zeke Goodband, offering workshops on backyard fruit production, and The Stone Trust holding numerous workshops on the art and craft of dry stone walling.  Stay tuned to future education opportunities at our other historic properties.
 
I look forward to meeting you either at Scott Farm or at one of our wonderful historic properties. Or feel free to contact me at smcmahon@landmarktrustusa.org.

Susan McMahon, Executive Director 
The Landmark Trust USA
 
From the Board President

The Landmark Trust USA is always on the lookout for interesting properties and locations that will advance our nonprofit mission. We know we can’t save everything, but we are committed to providing a rich and rewarding experience in each distinctive property in our portfolio.
 
As we begin our twenty-eighth year, we are pleased that our particular brand of stewardship has proven to be one effective way to offer an enlightening and personal experience in buildings of architectural and historical significance. The success of our educational mission would not be possible without the support of our many patrons and friends.
 
Our mission is to take vacant or abandoned historic properties, restore them with a light touch, and make them available as short-term vacation rentals. This model has served us well in southeastern Vermont, providing opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations to experience our five historic properties on their own terms, without the intervention of a guide or host, with no other guests, and no curfew.
 
There’s an adage in the preservation community that “the best use for a building is the one for which it was originally built.” While adaptive reuse is an important aspect of historic preservation, the model of stewardship at The Landmark Trust USA is that a house is best experienced as a house–with people living in it and animating the spaces hour by hour, day by day.

 
Hope to see you soon at one of our properties or events.
 
Gregory Farmer, President
The Landmark Trust USA

Spotlight on the Amos Brown House
Imagine winter in Vermont at the Amos Brown House. Just step outside to enjoy hiking, X-C skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling on the V.A.S.T. trail system crossing the meadow out back.  There are ski resorts nearby, or one could just relax in the carefully restored and comfortably furnished farmhouse.
 
The Amos Brown House of 1802 today tells a tale of 200 years of rural Vermont life and is a testament to careful and thoughtful repair work by dedicated craftsmen.

While the area at that time would have been heavily forested, Amos Brown chose to build his home in the more stylish material of brick, which was fabricated on site. Designed with elements of the Federal style, the first style of the new American republic, the house also retained features that were common from the 17th century in New England.
 
By the late 19th century the farm began to decline, following the trend of agriculture in New England, and in the 1930s farming at this site ceased. Soon afterwards the farm became home to Carthusian monks, a contemplative order founded in France. For nearly 20 years, the monks lived in shacks in the woods and held services and prepared meals in the house. By the 1990s the Amos Brown house had declined considerably and was abandoned. The Landmark Trust USA acquired the property in 2000 from the Whitingham Historical Society and was home to its first visitors in 2003, after two years of restoration.
A SPECIAL LODGING OFFER!

As part of our spotlight on the Amos Brown House we are offering a promotion at this property from February 1 through April 30, 2019.  Stay two nights at this property and get a third night free.  Enjoy a getaway exploring all the best that the winter has to offer! To get this rate you need to contact info@landmarktrustusa.org or call 802.254.6868
Notes from the Orchard
from Ali Stevenson

We have been lucky to have such sunny, mild weather for most of the winter, without deep snow, or wet and cold wind. Most of our days are spent up in the orchard pruning and our small team of three is making great progress. This is a quiet time of the year for the orchard staff and we all are enjoying being up with the trees after a busy harvest. When we have been rained out or it has been too cold, the farm staff has bought seeds, applied for grants, taken care of tools, and spent time talking about their goals for the upcoming seasons.
 
We will be selling scion wood in the late winter and early spring. This news should be exciting for those who have an old apple tree and want to change it's variety, or those who want to try their hand at creating their own version of Sam Van Aken's "Tree of 40 Fruit.” We have already begun the collection process with Blue Pearmain, Holstein, Baldwin, and Roxbury Russet. Additional varieties may be available, but it depends on whether the variety produces the right kind of wood for scions. Scions are five dollars each with a minimum purchase of $20, and a link will be shortly available on the Scott Farm website.
 
 
SIGN UP FOR OUR PRUNING & GRAFTING WORKSHOP

On Saturday,  March 16 or 23, join Scott Farm's Orchardist Zeke Goodband to learn how to prune a variety of old and young fruit trees from 9-11 AM, and how to graft apple trees from 11-12 PM.  Note, this workshop tends to fill quickly.
Register for the Pruning & Grafting Workshop
PLAN A VACATION STAY AROUND THE
PRUNING & GRAFTING WORKSHOP
Book Your Stay Now!
Upcoming Events at The Landmark Trust USA & Scott Farm
 
THE JUST SO STORIES AT NAULAKHA

During the first week of April we invite over 400 local elementary school children to tour Rudyard Kipling’s home and listen to dramatic presentations of his Just So Stories. This event provides rich moments for students to appreciate Kipling’s literary history in his very own home.  After the presentation, they go back to their schools and write their own "Just So" story.  That same week, on April 1, we invite adults to come to Naulakha for a fundraiser that supports this free event for local schools.

We are just getting our calendar together for the year, so stay tuned for more to be scheduled. We hope you can join us at one of these upcoming events and workshops at our historic properties.  Please go to our websites (The Landmark Trust USA and Scott Farm) to register.


UPCOMING EVENTS
PLANNING A SPECIAL EVENT?
 
If you are planning an event please consider the Apple Barn at Scott Farm!  Scott Farm has hosted numerous special occasions, including weddings, rehearsal dinners, celebrations of a life well-lived, birthdays and family gatherings.  We can accommodate groups up to 120. For more information please contact Operations Manager Kelly Carlin at kellyc@landmarktrustusa.org or call 802.254.6868.
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