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The Land Mark Trust

The Landmark Trust USA (LTUSA) is a Vermont tax-exempt, non profit corporation established in 1991 to carry on historic preservation work in America according to the model established by the Landmark Trust UK. We identify neglected properties of architectural and historical merit and then restore them using traditional skills and methods. Rescued buildings are then sustained as “living history” by making them available year-round as vacation rentals for those seeking inspiring places to stay.

The properties selected for restoration are submitted to an evaluation process that investigates and ascertains historical importance, structural integrity, market appeal, cultural relevance, and durability. Once cleared through that process, a financial analysis determines viability of adding the property to the existing LTUSA mix, and then finally a business plan is developed that will drive success of the investments.

LTUSA now owns properties built between 1800 and the 1930’s all of which have been fully restored, fully furnished and kitchens thoroughly equipped. These properties are very comfortable for short-term holiday rentals and offer every guest the chance to live as the original owners did, to feel the artisanship of the time and to read from the ample supply of literature provided. Every effort has been made to offer you a cultural vacation in a property surrounded by the natural environment.

Imagine renting the former home of a Nobel Prize winning author, or staying in a centuries old Vermont farmhouse that for 20 years was home to Carthusian monks, or relaxing in a Sugarhouse in the midst of a 571 acre farm or even enjoying a Greek Revival farmhouse that offers unspoiled views of over 30 miles to Mount Monadnock. The Landmark Trust USA rescued these properties from abandonment and neglect and now offers them for vacation rentals.

Rudyard Kipling, the first English author to win the Nobel Prize for literature, moved to Vermont in 1892 and built himself a house that he considered a “jewel beyond price” and named it Naulakha. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993, Naulakha is where Kipling wrote the Jungle Books and Captains Courageous.

The Amos Brown House of 1802 was in desperate need of repairs when The Landmark Trust USA acquired it. Set on 30 acres of forest and meadow, this now fully restored house offers the opportunity to muse on 200 years of history or simply enjoy the peace of the countryside close to lakes and ski areas.

For many decades the Scott Farm Sugarhouse produced maple syrup that was shipped all over the country. By 1970, production ceased and the building fell into disrepair. Our Sugarhouse nestles in the hills at the edge of our sugarbush and near our apple orchard of 45 acres.

Asa Dutton built his home c.1840 in the popular Greek Revival style on a prominent site. The farm prospered for many decades but, by the time we acquired it, was showing serious signs of neglect and decay. For over 40 years this farmhouse had been used as migrant labor housing. Today visitors can relax in this elegant home overlooking the Scott Farm orchard and the mountains of the Connecticut River Valley.

The Kipling Carriage House was part of the Kipling estate and served as barn for his carriage, then as home for his staff. After the Kipling’s left, the property was home to members of the Holbrook family, owners of Scott Farm. The woodwork and homey comfortable atmosphere in this home combine to help you disconnect from your routines and instead connect you to the late 1890’s, a different pace a peaceful tempo.

Call 802-254-6868 or email for more information.

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