Scott Nearing & Helen Knothe Nearing

Scott Nearing & Helen Knothe Nearing (HM1S2P)

Location: Winhall, VT 05155 Bennington County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 6.866', W 72° 52.735'

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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.
HM NumberHM1S2P
Year Placed2002
Placed ByVermont Division for Historic Preservation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 672567 N 4775706
Decimal Degrees43.11443333, -72.87891667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 6.866', W 72° 52.735'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 6' 51.96" N, 72° 52' 44.1" W
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Area Code(s)802
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1539-1657 Upper Taylor Hill Rd, Winhall VT 05155, US
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