A Brattleboro Words Trail Site

John Irving & Scott Farm:

Dummerston, VT

Acclaimed author John Irving. The film adaptation of Irving’s book, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, was shot in part at Scott Farm Orchard.

Rolling over 571 acres in the foothills of Black Mountain, Scott Farm Orchard is known locally for its carefully cultivated heirloom apples, and internationally as a setting in the film, Cider House Rules, based on the book by John Irving, the internationally bestselling author known for such books as The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Widow for One Year, and the local favorite, The Cider House Rules.
Scott Farm was first settled in 1791 by Rufus Scott, and eventually ownership passed to the Holbrook family who in 1915 planted the orchard that still bears fruit today. In 1995, Fred Holbrook gifted the Scott Farm to the Landmark Trust USA, a non-profit whose mission is historic preservation. Landmark Trust also acquired and restored another site on the Brattleboro Words Trail, just up the road from Scott Farm—Naulakha, the 19th century manor built by classic novelist Rudyard Kipling.

Early autumn Orchard-goers at Scott Farm. Courtesy of Landmark Trust.

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Scott Farm Orchard in Dummerston, VT

Scott Farm

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The Brattleboro Words Project is working with the community to identify specific sites and themes significant to the study of words in Brattleboro and surrounding towns. Research Teams – classrooms/teachers, amateur historians, veterans, writers, artists and other community members — will produce audio segments and other work to be incorporated into audio walking, biking and driving tours tours.

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