the round barn sits right behind the farm-
house, which is now a 12-guest-room inn. The
entrance to the barn was wide enough to
accommodate a team of horses delivering hay.
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away the whitewash, rumored to be laced with
DDT (once used to control barn flies).
“So much of our heritage is lost every
day,” says Arnold Graton. “We try to save a lit-
tle of our history… so everything we have left
isn’t made out of plywood and plastic.”
When completed in 1989, the barn’s
lower level (the former manure pit) had stor-
age space and a small lap pool, the latter for
guests and to ensure a sufficient water supply
for the sprinkler system. Since
then, offices and a commercial
kitchen have been added. The
upper two floors — the former
milking parlor and the hayloft,
arranged around the dramatic central silo —
are party central for weddings, events, and
small business conferences.
From the beginning, the Simkos wanted
the barn to also serve as a community center. They established the Green Mountain
Cultural Center, a nonprofit organization
that over the years has hosted countless visual
and performing arts events in the barn, most
notably the Green Mountain Opera Festival
(a monthlong affair that starts Memorial
Day weekend, with performances and open
“My father never forgot how he felt the
day he stopped by the farm and wasn’t allowed
inside,” says DeFreest. “Today, if anybody
wants to see the barn, they’re welcome.”
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