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Shelburne Farms: The Inn

Shelburne Farms: The Inn (Vermont, USA)
44°23.743’ N 073°16.490’ W

Back in 1886, members of the Vanderbilt family bought 32 farms on Shelburne Point to create an agricultural estate. It was a model farm, experimenting with all the latest technologies and innovating in many fields. Helping them in this endeavour was Frederick Law Olmsted, the famous landscape architect that designed Central Park in New York and, closer to home, the Mount-Royal Park in Montreal. Another great architect, Robert H. Roberston, designed all the farm buildings and the great house.

Throughout the 20th century, the farm slowly declined and was eventually turned into a non-profit organisation in 1972. The great house is now an inn and restaurant. The property tour makes a stop there and one can visit the public rooms and formal gardens. The gardens are magnificent with the lake as a backdrop.

The farm is dedicated to promoting a sustainable future. We learned that about 80% of the food served at the Inn is pro…

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