Shelburne Farms: House, Gardens, Farm, and Barns


by Glenn Suokko

Foreword by Alec Webb, Afterword by Megan Camp

Photographs by Glenn Suokko

This lavishly illustrated book tells the fascinating story of Shelburne Farms, once a magnificent Gilded Age estate created by America’s leading aristocrats of the day, Eliza “Lila” Vanderbilt and William Seward Webb. Built between 1886 and 1905, the estate’s buildings, designed by architect Robert H. Robertson, include Shelburne House—the Webbs’ stunning Shingle- and Queen Anne–style residence with Lila Webb’s design for a formal Italianate flower garden—as well as the Farm Barn, Coach Barn, and Breeding Barn. The reknowned landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted planned the original 4,000 acres of pasturelands, woodlands, carriage and riding trails, and picturesque settings for the many domestic and farm buildings, which now provide some of the most bucolic views of Vermont’s pastoral landscape and dramatic views of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, directly across Lake Champlain.

Period photographs capture the Webb’s original vision, while new photography by Glenn Suokko showcases the splendid results of a decades-long restoration process. Once a private country estate that remained in the same family for close to a century, Shelburne Farms is now open to the public as a nonprofit organization and sustainable working farm. The Webbs’ residence, Shelburne House, has been transformed as an inn that showcases many original paintings, furnishings, wall coverings, sculptures, and decorative arts. The farm also raises and grows most of the food it serves at its award-winning farm-to-table restaurant. Over twenty recipes created for this book by the Inn’s executive chef complete a captivating glimpse into this enchanting place.

Rizzoli International Publications, New York

288 pages, hardcover with jacket, 12 x 9 inches, over 335 color photos

Glenn Suokko, a designer and photographer, coauthored A Way of Living, is the author of Simon Pearce: Design for Living, and is the creative director for Valise Print Artisans.

Alec Webb is a descendent of Lila and William Seward Webb, and is the current president of Shelburne Farms, which now functions as a nonprofit educational organization and a National Historic Landmark.

Megan Camp is Shelburne Farms’ vice president and program director.

Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization that is educating for a sustainable future. It links knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students build a healthy future for their communities and the world. The property—a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark—is located in Shelburne, Vermont.

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