A NEW BOOK celebrating the beauty of Vermont’s Shelburne Farms, the late-19-century model agricultural estate on the shores of Lake Champlain, and today an inspiring National Historic Landmark and education organization.
by Glenn Suokko
Foreword by Alec Webb
Afterword by Megan Camp
Published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
Hardcover | 288 pages | $65 | Available March 21, 2017
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This lavishly illustrated book tells the fascinating story of Shelburne Farms, once a magnificent Gilded Age estate created by Eliza “Lila” Vanderbilt and William Seward Webb, and now a nonprofit organization and sustainable working farm open to the public. Built between 1886 and 1905, the estate’s buildings, designed by architect Robert H. Robertson, include Shelburne House—the Webbs’ stunning Shingle- and Queen Anne–style residence with Lila Webb’s design for a formal Italianate flower garden—and the Farm Barn, Coach Barn, and Breeding Barn. Landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted conceptualized the original 4,000 acres of pasturelands and woodlands, which offer some of the loveliest views of Vermont’s pastoral landscape and dramatic views of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, directly across Lake Champlain.
Period photographs capture the Webb’s original vision, while new photography by Glenn Suokko showcases the splendid results of the decades-long restoration. The Webbs’ residence, Shelburne House, has been transformed as an inn that showcases many original paintings, furnishings, wall coverings, sculpture, and decorative arts. The farm raises and grows most of the food it serves at its award-winning farm-to-table restaurant. Over twenty recipes created for this book by the Inn’s executive chef complete a captivating glimpse into this enchanting place.
Glenn Suokko, a designer and photographer, published Pastoral, coauthored A Way of Living, and is the author of Simon Pearce: Design for Living.
Alec Webb is a family descendent and president of Shelburne Farms.
Megan Camp is Shelburne Farms’ vice president and program director.