We asked new members of Vermont Land Trust to offer some stories of their ‘special places’ in Vermont. Here’s what they had to say:

Warren Hathaway, Plainfield VT

My Vermont is… South Kirby, a tiny town in the Northeast Kingdom. It’s special because the hillside farms there are amazing in their beauty, and my mother started her life there on one of those farms.

Richard Roderick, Wells River VT

My Vermont is… a back dirt road, Newbury Common, the view of Camel’s Hump, CR Farm on Route 5 in Newbury, covered bridges, steel arch bridges, farm-scapes, farm fields, clean rivers and streams.

Florence Ford, East Ryegate VT

My Vermont is… McLam Pond in Ryegate (an extension of Symes Pond). Absolute peace in an untouched landscape, still so similar to its existence for eons, I imagine.

Ronna Pesha, Fair Haven VT

My Vermont is… four ‘special times’. Vermont has distinct, spectacular seasonal changes: the brilliant green of spring; the wildflowers and deep green of summer; the colors of deciduous trees in fall; and beautiful snow-covered mountains of winter.

Sandra Skeele Kilburn and Ronald Kilburn, Swanton VT

Our Vermont is… all of Vermont. We were born here and have had to leave the state several times and are so happy to be home living on the Missisquoi River and Lake Champlain. Vermont Land Trust and the Champlain Housing Trust are two of the many groups that help to keep Vermont the special place that it is.

Blanche M. Lavoie and Bonnie J. Bollman, Windsor VT

Our Vermont is… our historic home in Windsor, Vermont. This town is grossly underestimated. Living here is special in so many ways. It is a hidden gem and we are proud to live here.

Christine Dore, Rutland VT

My Vermont is… Cuttingsville and the swinging bridge. I came here when I was 13 and fell in love with the mountains and the river along Route 103. I said I would live here one day and moved here at 21 years old. I moved away, but returned and love Vermont even more now.

Kathy Hibbert, Essex Junction VT

My Vermont is… Moss Glen Falls in Stowe. We take our family there every year, and love walking up the river to the falls.

Sheldon Weeks, Brattleboro VT

My Vermont is… kayaking in the ponds and rivers of Windham County.

Patricia Horton, Chittenden VT

In July 1928 I was born at a clinic behind the Congregational Church [in Brattleboro]. I grew up at my grandparents’ on Cherry Street, attended the nearby Esteyville grade school and walked the hill to Green Street School, then to high school on Main Street. My uncle Victor Mores was manager of the newspaper at that time. We moved from there to Panton and Vergennes High [School], then to Mill Village, Rutland VT. Now, poet 60+ years, [I] reside in Chittenden VT. 

Terri Elaine Strug, South Royalton VT

I’ve only lived here one year, so it is all new and beautiful to me. I even like the I-89 to I-91 highway exchange at West Lebanon. The rocks are awesome, even in winter when they are glazed with ice. I’m in love with the trails behind my house. 

Dave Augustoni, Montpelier VT

Keep up the great work. I do not take our great scenery for granted.

Ralph Mueckenheim, Windsor VT

I first visited Vermont in 1961 and vacationed here for the next 45 years from Long Island. When I retired in 2005, I knew of only one place I wanted to live: Vermont.

Phillip Crawford, East Corinth VT

I am a legal resident of Florida, but enjoy greatly my second home in VT. I support the state’s environmental goals.