The Kennett Family
Rochester, VT

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Liberty Hill Farm cupolaA Brief History of Liberty Hill Farm

1780 – John Emerson settles on the land along the White River.
1787 – John Emerson constructs the oldest part of the present barn.
1837 – Dr. Charles Wesley Emerson, founder of Emerson College Boston, Massachusetts,is born on Liberty Hill.
1884 – Dr. Emerson comes home to Vermont and reacquires his grandfather’s land in Rochester.
1888 – Dr. Emerson purchases the present day weathervane in Cambridge, MA, and brings it by train to Rochester.  The last leg of the journey is on Rochester’s fabled Peavine Railway, which drops off Dr. Emerson and his new purchase directly at the farm.
1889 – The Big Red Barn is completed by Dr. Emerson.
1894 – Most of the Emerson grant land is sold, and Dr. Emerson remodels the farmhouse next door into a showcase summer house.
1908 – Dr. Emerson dies and his summer residence on Liberty Hill passes to his niece, Eleanor Jones Hutchinson.
1890-1930 – The farm is owned by the Eastman family.
1920-1950s – Kezar family own and farm the property, then known as Kezar Farm.
1960 – John and Esther Hunt move to the farm after their barn on Liberty Hill burns.
1979 – In March, Beth and Bob Kennett purchase Liberty Hill Farm from the Hunt family as a turn-key operation.  John Hunt milked one night, Bob started the next morning.
1984 – Liberty Hill Farm opens its doors as a farm vacation destination.  The first guests, the Kerwin Family from New Jersey, continue to return on a regular basis.  Liberty Hill Farm has welcomed guests from all 50 states and around the world, many of whom return year after year.  
2007–  We need to increase the herd to provide for the  family. The neighbors help us add onto the barn, creating the “Habitat for Bovinity”!! The cows mooove in to the new section of barn in January.
2008– Yankee Magazine featured Liberty Hill Farm as one of the Top 5 Places in New England!! Christina Tree, renowned travel guide, was asked “If she could stay overnight at only five places in New England, where would they be?” Liberty Hill Farm was on the list!!

2013- VT Chamber of Commerce awards Beth the honor of Innkeeper of the Year for Vermont.

2015- Beth and Liberty Hill Farm are included in the Cabot Creamery Cooperative Cookbook! Great year for media for the farm: Better Homes and Gardens Top Ten Family Travel Destinations; Bloomberg Businessweek Top Seven Farm Vacations in the World!; Wall Street Journal Taste of Heaven in Vermont!

2016- New generation! Families come back to the farm bringing their next generation to meet our new generation of farmers!

Beth & Bob Kennett
511 Liberty Hill
Rochester VT 05767
802-767-3926
beth@libertyhillfarm.com

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