Need to shut out all the noise?
Visit Woodchuck Lodge…
You are invited to visit John Burroughs’ beloved summer retreat! Tours begin on the porch he built of locally milled lumber and branches collected from the forest. Enjoy the view, the clean mountain air, and above all, the peace and quiet. Then step inside the writers’ sanctuary where trained docents share highlights of Burroughs’ life and excerpts from his essays while guiding visitors through several rooms furnished much as they were when the writer summered there from 1910 to 1920.
This is a classic country farmhouse with few amenities. Park on the side of the road. Don’t plan on making any calls with your cell phone (no service here). The only ‘concession’ is a picnic table. There is a portable toilet cleverly hidden in the garage. Simplicity reigns.
Tours of the Lodge are offered the first weekend of every month, May through October, Saturday and Sunday, 11-3. Reservations are not needed. Group tours on other dates are provided upon request with at least one month’s notice.
Please note: The Lodge is not wheelchair accessible.
Admission is free; donations towards the ongoing restoration of the house are warmly received.
After your tour, be sure to spend some time at John Burroughs Memorial Field State Historic Site a pleasant walk (or a short drive) up the road. An outdoor exhibit recounts highlights of Burroughs’ life and work. A marked path takes you to his burial place where you can sit on a rustic bench, or on the stone wall surrounding his grave, to drink in the wonderful view and savor the silence. John spent much time here in his youth, day-dreaming atop a boulder deposited by a glacier eons ago. Known as Boyhood Rock, it now marks his resting place, visited by pilgrims from all over the world.
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