Windhall in Bennington County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Scott Nearing & Helen Knothe Nearing
SCOTT NEARING (August 6, 1883 - August 24, 1983)
HELEN KNOTHE NEARING (February 23, 1904 - September 17, 1995)
Prominent economist, socialist, teacher, writer and scholar, Scott and his wife Helen Knothe, lived in Winhall from 1932 to 1952. During the Great Depression they moved from New York City to begin a new life in Vermont. Here in their homestead, named "Forest Farm", they chose to live "the Good Life," a title of one of their many books. They built their handcrafted stone houses, created fertile organic gardens, made maple sugar, and were sustained by the land. Pearl Buck was a frequent visitor and eventual neighbor building her own stone houses in the area. They inspired many followers who shared their philosophy, which was recognized as a centerpiece of America's "Back to the Land" and "Simple Living" movement. Scott was an outspoken radical, an anti-war crusader, an advocate of social and economic justice, and a strict vegetarian. Scott and Helen led the life of pioneers in Vermont and later in Maine, whence they moved in 1952.
Erected 2002 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 43° 6.866′ N, 72° 52.735′ W. Marker is in Windhall, Vermont, in Bennington County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bondville VT 05340, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jamaica Veterans Monument (approx. 5.2 miles away); Clarina Howard Nichols (approx. 8.7 miles away); Taft Homestead Site (approx. 8.7 miles away); Lincoln’s "Hildene" (approx. 10.3 miles away); The Revolutionary War (approx. 10.3 miles away); Scott Bridge (approx. 10.3 miles away); The Southern Vermont Arts Center (approx. 10.8 miles away); Birthplace of William Griffith Wilson (approx. 10.9 miles away).
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry •
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