Vermont Barns

Celebrate Summer Solstice: Abundance and the Beauty of Nature

Marjorie Susman

In the past week I photographed at Orb Weaver Farm in New Haven, Vermont, owned and run by Marjorie Susman and Marian Pollack, the lovely ladies of Orb Weaver.

In addition to the wonderful cheese they make in the winter months, they raise vegetables for market in the summer.

I captured them in the gardens, and I was also there for the delivery of 800 bales of hay for the cows’ feed in the colder months.

They had help off-loading the bales into their stunning barn from Eben and Heidi Markowski, Elias Baldwin and Dean Rheaume.

Eben Markowski

 

 

Juniper Hill Farm Barn Restoration

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For the past few months I photographed a project at Juniper Hill Farm, where I grew up in Williston, Vermont. The barn was built in 1843, and the brick house in 1856.  It was a wonderful place to grow up. Lots of land and space and places to ride our horses and ponies.  ( Yes, I had a pony - three, actually!)

Juniper Hill Farm is owned by Karin and Gerry Davis, who kindly invited me to photograph the renovation of the main barn this year (see the slideshow below for portraits of Karin and Gerry with the restored barn).  Building Heritage, a  Preservation and Restoration outfit owned by Eliot Lothrop of Huntington, VT was brought on to do the project.  They have a great reputation and do excellent and thoughtful work.  The barn had sunk 37 inches on the northwest corner and much of the wood on the south was decimated by wind and weather. Many pieces of original hardware and lumber were reused throughout.

The project took about three months to complete.  The barn has a renewed energy that should last well into the next century!