Using money inherited from the Vanderbilt estate, Dr William Webb and his wife Eliza Vanderbilt Webb created Shelburne Farms in 1886 and a model agricultural estate. In 1972 it was incorporate as a nonprofit educational organization by the Webbs’ descendants, to promote environmental, economic and cultural sustainability, and it 2001 it was designated a National Historical District.
Situated on 1,400 acres of rolling hillside in Shelburne, Vermont, Shelburne Farms is home to the Tudor Revival style farm buildings, the pastures and gardens, educational facilities, bakery, maple sugaring production, creamery, and various livestock, including 125 Brown Swiss cattle that they milk to make cheddar cheese on site. Delicious cheese.
When my shop was closed for three months due to the Coronavirus, I was left with plenty of time to myself, but very few options of what I could do with that time. The indoor facilities of Shelburne Farms were closed to the public, however, the site itself remained open to visitors wanting to enjoy the scenery, which is precisely what we were here to do.