Living Landscape

Brownington, VT

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Dairy farms, open pasture - the North Country of the Kingdom is a land of crops and cattle. This journey cuts through fertile meadows and past barns of all shapes and sizes. Expansive views across the border offer a glimpse into Canada, while pieces of Canadian culture find their way into these villages. Begin your exploration in the Old House that tells a story of the land and the people who live, work, and play in the Kingdom. The landscape, legends and history come to life.

Destination #1: The Old Stone House Museum in Brownington. The Orleans Country Historical Society operates the Old Stone House Museum, the Kingdom's collection of regional history. The complex includes five historic structures (all dating from the early 1800s) and 55 acres of surrounding farmland. The main exhibit building, The Old Stone House, is a four story granite structure built in the 1830's to serve as a dormitory for the Orleans County Grammar School. The Museum shop sells a wide variety of locally made, hand-crafted items including quilts, baskets, pottery, wooden ware, and specialty food products. Open daily in July and August. Open Friday through Tuesday May 15th to June 30 & September 1 to October 15.

Destination # 2: Clan of the Hawk in Brownington at 645 Evansville Road. The Clan of the Hawk is the Coos-Cowasack Band of the Abenaki Nation of Native Americans. The Tribal Grounds, a 39-acre site located along the Willoughby River, is open to the public from early May through October, with special events scheduled through the summer. An annual Pow Wow takes place the first weekend in August. The Clan of the Hawk Craft Cooperative hosts a craft show the last week of July.

Destination #3: Haskell Opera House & Library, 93 Caswell Ave in Derby Line. Visitors can straddle two nations at the world's only international opera house, where performances take place in Canada and audience members sit in the U.S.! The Haskell Opera House was built in 1901 and retains much of its original detail, including historic sets and curtain frescos. Performances are scheduled from April through early October. The Opera House also houses the Free Library for Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec. Open Tuesday through Saturday.

Destination #4 Jed's Maple Products, 259 Derby Pond Road, Derby. Continuing a family tradition that has been kept alive for 5 generations, the Wheelers tap nearly 5,000 maple trees every spring to make their specialty foods. Their Maple Cream took the Best of Show award at the Orleans County Fair. Visit for a sampling of maple syrup, candy, frosted nuts, sugar, seasonings, and jelly. Come during the annual Maple Open House Weekend for the sugar on snow party!

Destination #5: Memphremagog Arts Collaborative, 138 Main Street in Newport. Take your time whilst you browse the showroom of the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative. The Collaborative showcases work from many area artisans with a focus on cultural heritage. They also sponsor a series of lectures, workshops and art exhibitions and performances throughout the community.

Destination #6: Goodrich Memorial Library, 70 Main Street in Newport. The Victorian structure on the corner of Main Street and Field Ave. in Newport has been the village library since it was founded by Converse and Almira Goodrich at the end of the 19th century. The Vermont Room upstairs contains extensive records and artifacts from the past century. Open year round, weekdays, 9:30 to 5:00, Saturdays 9:30 to 3:00.

Destination #7: Mountain Country Soap, 322 Petit Road in Newport. An example of Kingdom ingenuity, this 20-acre former dairy farm with scenic views is the source of natural bath and body products. Soaps, bath oil fizz, hand and body lotions, sea salt scrubs, herbal body and lip balms, facial butter, candles, shaving soaps and accessories, gift sets and baskets, all are manufactured and packaged in the former farm house. Visit to view the manufacturing process or browse the retail store. Open year round Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 and Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00.

Destination #8: - Couture's Maple Products, 560 Rt. 100 in Westfield. Maple Products galore! Syrup, candy, lollipops, sugar, dressings, cream, and more. Call ahead to visit the sugarhouse in March or April when Jacques and Pauline Couture are busy boiling. Visitors can also stop by their dairy barn to see the milking process. Open year round, Monday through Saturday from 8:00 to 6:00.

Destination #9 Hitchcock Memorial Museum & Library, 1252 Rte. 100 in Westfield. The Hitchcock Memorial Museum and Library was built in 1899 to serve local residents. The first floor contains an extensive historic collection. A natural history museum on the first and second floors hosts a surprising taxidermy display of North American and African animals, and a recent addition of the building houses temporary exhibits on local history. Open year round, Tuesday through Thursday, 2:30 to 5:00, Thursday & Friday 6:00 to 8:00pm.