Across Vermont, town real estate records usually go back to the late 1700s when many towns were first chartered. In Cambridge, the Langdell family’s farm can be found in the very first volume, from 1790; it remains in Langdell ownership to this day.

Carol Barup-Langdell, the eighth-generation of the family, has lived on the farm her entire life. After the land was transferred to her from her late father, Arthur, in 1989, Carol ran the family’s dairy business until 2002. Since then, she and her husband, Herb, have sold hay and rented cropland. The Barups also run Hogback Antiques from the barn.

Carol and Herb recently conserved the historic 164-acre property. The farm has 60 acres of tillable land with excellent river bottom soils, which the couple lease to Warren Rankin of Top Rankin Farm to grow feed for his organic Guernsey and Jersey herd.

The farm also has four wetlands and river frontage along both the Lamoille River and its North Branch. To protect water quality and aquatic habitat, 21 acres of the farm have additional conservation restrictions requiring that the rivers be allowed to meander, and that land within 50 feet of the riverbank be left naturally vegetated. The largest of the wetlands is a low-lying, mossy swamp with red maple, white cedar, black ash, and hemlock. It is one of the best examples of its kind in Vermont, and provides habitat for deer, fisher, turkey, coyote, and other small mammals.

Funded by VHCB (with matching funds from USDA NRCS) and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.