Barbara Hall Fiske Calhoun (Isabelle Calhoun) dies on April 28, 2014, in Hartford (WRJ) VT.


Wotta lady.

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Barbara died in the Brookside Nursing Home in White River Junction, VT. on Monday, April 28, 2014. She was 94, and was the guiding light and co-creator of Quarry Hill, VT’s oldest extant alternative community or “commune.”  For many years she and Irving Fiske welcomed free-spirited and artistic people to their 140 acres in the mountains of Vermont.  “They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” she sometimes quoted from the Bible. She also said, “Art is Prayer.” Barbara was a Quaker and a gathering to celebrate her  life, perhaps in September, is planned with the Middlebury Friends Meeting in Middlebury VT. Her ashes will be scattered at Quarry Hill, with those of her 2nd husband, Dr. Donald Calhoun, who predeceased her in 2009. She is survived by her daughter, Isabella Fiske McFarlin (Ladybelle), son in law Brion McFarlin, grandchildren Joya Lonsdale and her husband Brem…

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About Isabella Fiske McFarlin (of Quarry Hill)

I am the daughter of the founders of Quarry Hill Creative Center in Rochester, VT. I've been a writer all my life, and also love to draw in pastel, like my mother. My father taught me to write and many other things (rather as Prospero taught Miranda). I learned many things from my mother too-- not just how to draw, but how to be caring and kind to animals and things that can not protect themeselves. "They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain." That has been her central point of view and is one of Quarry Hill's mottos. We welcome visitors, love children, and have places to rent and sell if anyone wants to come live in the beauty of the Vermont Mountains.

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