The Scott Farm is nestled in the mountains of southern Vermont along the Connecticut River Valley. The farm enjoys a magnificent panorama with views of both Mount Monadnock and the river running through the valley below. This is a quiet reserve that offers the serenity and seclusion of peaceful hollows.
Located in Dummerston, the Scott Farm has a recorded history dating to 1791, when George Washington was serving his first term as President. The Farm consists of 571 acres and 23 buildings, all of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When the Landmark Trust USA, a Vermont non-profit, took over the Farm in 1995, many of the buildings had fallen into disrepair and the orchard was growing a single variety of apple, McIntosh, conventionally sprayed and sold on the wholesale market. Since that year, the Farm buildings have been thoughtfully repaired and upgraded so they are beautifully preserved and energy efficient. Ezekiel Goodband, the Scott Farm Orchardist, transformed the McIntosh orchard to one with over 100 varieties of heirloom apples, all ecologically grown and marketed locally and regionally. The Farm also grows peaches, plums, nectarines, pears, berries, grapes, cherries and hard to find fruits like quince, medlars and gooseberries. The Farm hosts educational programs, workshops and weddings and two of the historic houses have been authentically restored and are now available year-round for vacation rental.
In 1908, Frederick Holbrook, son of a former Governor of Vermont and founder of the Vermont National Bank, purchased Scott Farm and began its transition to a commercial apple orchard and gentleman’s farm. It was in 1911 that apples were first planted commercially at Scott farm. By 1915 there were nearly 3500 trees with varieties such as Baldwin, Northern Spy, Wealthy, McIntosh and Duchess of Oldenburg. There are now over 6000 trees, virtually all producing heirloom apples. The Scott Farm was one of the earliest to use refrigeration for fruit and to offer mail-order. The National Register cites the farm as “one of the first commercial orchards to take advantage of modern cooling facilities, cultivation techniques, and mail order marketing.”
Great care is taken in the growing of the heirloom apples. Integrated Pest Management techniques are followed to maximize quality and minimize sprays. A weather station located in the orchard monitors humidity and temperature providing a better basis for predicting presence of insects and disease growth and development. All of the fruit is certified ecologically grown.
The Scott Farm continues its history of rural beauty and pleasure in farm production.
Fred Holbrook, 3rd generation
The Scott Farm can be found a short 3 mile drive from exit 3 off of Interstate 91 through forests, then along a dirt road, Kipling Road.