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Shelburne Farms

1611 Harbor Road

In 1886, Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb began acquiring farmland on the shores of Lake Champlain to create a model agricultural estate. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. created conceptual designs for the landscape. Prominent architect Robert H. Robertson designed four major buildings: The Farm Barn, Breeding Barn, Coach Barn and Shelburne House. By the early 1900s, the Webb’s 3,800-acre farm was renowned for its innovative practices, hackney horse breeding enterprise, and grand family residence.

The heyday was short-lived. Beginning around 1910, farming operations and other activities began to shrink, and subsequent generations struggled to find a workable future for this singular farm.

Shelburne Farms began a rebirth in 1972, when family descendants founded a nonprofit organization of the same name, dedicated to conservation education. For 40 years, the organization has offered educational opportunities for children of all ages to learn about sustainability and their connections to the natural and agricultural world.  As stewards of the property, the nonprofit has placed much of the land under conservation easements, and preserved and rehabilitated the buildings to new uses. In 2001 the property became a National Historic Landmark


Nivea Agrawal

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017
It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. Absolutely stunning and a must visit if you’re I town. Drive or walk through the farm and enjoy the scenic view. The lake looks gorgeous from here ♥️

George Elliott

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Excellent and fun place for kids to explore and have fun with farm animals

Tamea Byrd

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
The grounds, inn, and gardens are breath-taking! The view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks from the gardens are absolutely gorgeous! The tours at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30 are fantastic! Such a great way to see the farm, learn about the history, and learn about their sustainable education programs. Our tour guide, Pat, was extremely knowledgeable about each aspect of the farm's current endeavors and its history in the Vanderbilt/Webb family.

Dov Cole

Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
Took the cheese tour, it was fun and educational. The guide did a good job and was able to answer questions. The cheese tasting was delicious, I would have loved some wine with it. We got to see lots of cows and even helped feed them and watch the milking. Plus, at the end, 1/2 lb of cheese for free. Win!

Cindy Fowler

Friday, July 28, 2017
We had an awesome day at the farm. We learned so much about how cheddar cheese is made. We did a tasting and bought some cheese to take home. We visited the animals and I had fun holding Pearl the chicken. We had a great lunch made from farm products. Try the lamb pastrami sandwich. The bacon cheeseburger was so yummy. Also there is a bakery that makes incredible croissants.

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