The Academy-Award winning movie, The Cider House Rules, was filmed at Scott Farm in 1998. The 1862 cow barn, home of The Stone Trust Center, is visible in many of the movie’s scenes.
The Scott Farm, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been in active cultivation since 1791. This 571 acre farm has been owned since 1995 by the Landmark Trust USA, a Vermont non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue important but neglected historic properties and bring them back to life. At the Scott Farm this has meant revitalizing the entire farm operation from orchard to farmhouses to barns. There are 130 varieties of heirloom apples, as well as peaches, pears, plums, quince, medlars, blueberries and gooseberries—all ecologically grown. There’s a Farm Market on-site which is open from Labor Day until the end of November where you can purchase their fruits, heirloom apple cider and VT specialty products. The Scott Farm also sells its fruit at most Vermont Co-ops and numerous farm stands around the state.
For much of the 19th century Scott Farm was an all-purpose farm with a variety of animals and crops. The earliest remaining buildings on the farm were built by Rufus Scott who purchased the farm in 1845. The original orchard was planted in 1911 by the Holbrook family who purchased the Scott Farm, shortly after their 1903 purchase of Rudyard Kipling’s Naulakha which adjoins the farm to the south.
In 1995 Fred Holbrook donated Scott Farm to The Landmark USA to ensure its preservation. The 571 acre property is home to 23 historic structures and hillside orchards heavy with fruit. It offers one of the best locations for southern Vermont weddings. You, your family and guests can stay at one of Landmark Trust USA’s historic house rentals. The farm’s historic packing barn is also the perfect venue for a special, small social event or seminar.
More information about the farm is available at the Scott Farm website.
Be Sure to check out the Events at the Scott Farm
There are workshops including baking, making hard cider, beer brewing, and so much more. Plus Heirloom Apple Day and even an Heirloom Apple Harvest Dinner.
“The Scott Farm continues its history of rural beauty and pleasure in farm production.”