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History & Heritage

Our village of Sunderland was officially organized in 1774 by Ethan and Ira Allen of Green Mountain Boys fame. The two led a group of Connecticut homesteaders to settle in Southern Vermont. Among them was Abner Hill, who claimed his piece right here at Hill Farm, along the banks of the Battenkill.

WALKING IN HISTORY

A Vermont Story

“The Earle Hill farm had its beginnings away back when George Washington was still alive and in good health, when Vermont had been a state for less than a decade. It was in the year 1799 that Abner Hill took three very important steps; he bought a farm, he built a house which is still standing, and he took a wife, Clarissa.” – local reporter Jerry Raftery, 1967

FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS

Animals

The Hills raised sheep, then dairy cows. Their big red barn is as iconic a landmark as the inn itself. While you’re here, enjoy the barn and our own "farm" friends: Francis, Big Red, and Sammy, our spunky Toggenburg goats. Jackson, their Pygmy pal who's the smallest and most adorable. Plus, Blossom and Pinky, our pot-bellied pigs and our trio of sheep, Maxine, Annie, and Mable. You won’t have to try very hard to find barn cat Milo, our unofficial mascot with the fluffy orange tail!

FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS

Animals

The Hills raised sheep, then dairy cows. Their big red barn is as iconic a landmark as the inn itself. While you’re here, enjoy the barn and our own "farm" friends: Francis, Big Red, and Sammy, our spunky Toggenburg goats. Jackson, their Pygmy pal who's the smallest and most adorable. Plus, Blossom and Pinky, our pot-bellied pigs and our trio of sheep, Maxine, Annie, and Mable. You won’t have to try very hard to find barn cat Milo, our unofficial mascot with the fluffy orange tail!

A SPECIAL GIFT

Conserved Land

In the 1980s pressure to develop a corridor adjacent to our river resulted in the Coalition to Save Hill Farm. A group of concerned neighbors and conservation minded citizens sought partnership from the Vermont Land Trust to achieve a protected wetlands status for the property and adjacent acreage. Senator Leahy even made a special trip to the inn to speak with the press about the importance of conservation efforts like this -- and how they impact, the landscape, the wildlife, and also the people.

EXPERIENCE NATURE

The River Loop

It’s one thing to have a gorgeous view. But we’re luckier than that. We’ve inherited the Land Trust Partnership and a very special way to experience all four seasons. From the inn, a one-mile path winds through marsh and meadows, and along the river. Tread lightly and keep your eyes and ears peeled for rare plants and songbirds and the occasional fox or pheasant! In the winter, the marsh freezes over and you can cross-country ski your way through.

EXPERIENCE NATURE

The River Loop

It’s one thing to have a gorgeous view. But we’re luckier than that. We’ve inherited the Land Trust Partnership and a very special way to experience all four seasons. From the inn, a one-mile path winds through marsh and meadows, and along the river. Tread lightly and keep your eyes and ears peeled for rare plants and songbirds and the occasional fox or pheasant! In the winter, the marsh freezes over and you can cross-country ski your way through.

AS THE RIVER FLOWS

The Battenkill

One of the country’s most historic trout streams, the Battenkill gave birth to Orvis, the leading name in fly fishing gear and instruction. As guests of the inn, you can visit the Orvis Flagship store just up the street in Manchester and you can fish the river. From the property, you can tuck in at a couple of prime spots. Our owner, Don, says we have a perfect location. “To be fair, fishing the Battenkill is not the easiest, but there are a lot of brook trout behind the inn that are relatively easy to catch, and some big brown trout in that part of the river that are rarely disturbed by anglers.”

EVERYTHING WITH A VIEW

The Fire Pit

There is something primal about the celebration of gathering around a fire. You watch the sun go down and the moon come up. It’s magic. When you’re sitting out there looking down the valley, it’s also easy to see why the Hill's settled here two hundred years ago. Open, protected, undisturbed, with the Taconics rising to the East and the Green Mountains to the West.

EVERYTHING WITH A VIEW

The Fire Pit

There is something primal about the celebration of gathering around a fire. You watch the sun go down and the moon come up. It’s magic. When you’re sitting out there looking down the valley, it’s also easy to see why the Hill's settled here two hundred years ago. Open, protected, undisturbed, with the Taconics rising to the East and the Green Mountains to the West.