Vermont Women's History Project

Fairfield: Green Wind Farm

Description: Family farm run by Julie Wolcott, Stephen MacCausland and family. 25 registered Jersey cows, 4,000 tap maple sugaring operation, vegetable, flower and fruit gardens. Self-guided one mile walk on farm roads through the meadows to the sugar woods and sugarhouse.

Directions - As you approach the 4 corners in Fairfield Center coming from St. Albans, take your left, towards Chester’s Bakery (if you are coming from Bakersfield, take a right at the four corners) Go .7 miles and turn right, following Chester Arthur Historic Site signs. You’ll pass the Magnan Farm on your right 1.3 miles later. Keep going. When you’ve gone 2 miles on this road, you will come to a fork in the road with a big old brown/gray house – take your left onto Wanzer Road. (If you want to go to the Chester Arthur Historic Site, stay right and follow signs). Stay on this road for 1.9 miles until you come to an intersection with Talcott Rd and Pumpkin Village Road. Take your left onto Talcott Rd. You will pass the Talcott Family Farm and soon after come to a T intersection with Northrop Road (sign is all bent up and there is an abandoned house on your right). Take your right, and Green Wind Farm is the yellow farmhouse on you left.. Park by the basketball hoop. There is a farm map in the green mailbox in the big barn door opening of the “new” barn. “Nine mile walk on old town road” nearby .

Nine Mile Country Walk - Start from the end of Northrop Road where it joins into Tiffany Road (keep driving past Green Wind Farm to get there). Take a left. Park on the west side of the road where it turns into an old town road, keeping the roadway clear for traffic.

THE WALK:

  • Old Town Road- Waite Cemetery 1811-1898 ( ½ mile ) then right on
  • Kittell Road for 2 miles, then right on another Old Town road for 2 miles to
  • Duffy Hill Road for ½ mile, then right on
  • Pumpkin Village Road for 3 miles, then right on
  • Tiffany Road for 1 ½ miles
  • Working farms, sugarwoods, quiet dirt roads, a slice of rural Franklin County

Elva Montgomery Sweet

A true and classic Vermont woman farmer, Elva Montgomery was the youngest of eight children, born in 1908 to Fred and Flora Montgomery. She was married to Homer Sweet for 63 years. They raised their family of six children on Elva's father's farm, originally 42 acres, at the corner of Talcott and Northrop Road. She is described by her family as "being the man of the house, though she never made a decision without consulting Homer. Elva was unique in the way she worked so hard, always wearing a headscarf and with sweat on her brow." Her land was poor, stony, ledgy and wet. At the time of her death in 1993, she owned 201 acres. She preferred horses to tractors, children to adults, fishing to going out, spring water to well water, farm work to housework. She loved to visit and would greet visitors at the door with "Have a seat". Her son, daughter, granddaughter and great grand children still live on parcels of her property.

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