More than five decades before the first shots were fired on Fort Sumter, thrusting the United States into a bloody Civil War, a Vermont family named Swallow owned and operated a hardscrabble dairy farm now known as the Landgrove Inn.
Grit, good bones, and perseverance kept the Grand Dame standing through too many more wars, unspeakable natural disasters,
life-altering medical and technological advancements, and out-of-this-world events, like the iconic moment astronaut Neil
Armstrong left his footprints on the moon.
As my mother-in-law used to say, "If you live long enough, you'll see everything!"
This winter season marks the Inn's eighty-fifth year in
business, and our twentieth year as its keepers. We wish to pay
homage to the Snyder and Tengbergen families, who preceded us as caring custodians of the Landgrove Inn.
Aren't We Lucky...
The abandoned Swallow farmhouse, circa 1935
We thank the many thousands of guests who patronize us, pastors who pray for us, and all animals, domestic and wild, with whom we share this time and space.
Our late neighbor, Barbara Comfort, artist, author, and inventor of many things, would often take pause from whatever she was doing, survey her surroundings, and remark with relish for all to hear, "Aren't we lucky!"
Yes, Bobbi, we are. We look forward to welcoming old friends and new to this peaceful place we call home. Have a safe trip.
Tom and Maureen Checchia
The Landgrove Inn
Covid-19 Safety Procedures
To say that the current pandemic has caused world-wide upheaval is to state the obvious. No other industry has been hit harder worldwide than the hospitality industry. Rebuilding is going to be a slow process, but one we are committed to doing. So, it is in that vein that we have developed safety procedures for our 2020 workshop season and beyond, as is necessary, to make all attendees feel safe and comfortable during their stay.
Workshops will now be limited to 12+/- participants so we can allow everyone to have a separate workspace at least 6’ apart. Couples and those traveling to Landgrove together will be allowed to share if they wish. The studio has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized within the last 2 weeks, and hand sanitizer and sanitary wipes will be available in the studio for your use. A thorough cleaning and sanitizing will also be done in between workshops. We have hired additional housekeeping staff so we can keep up.
Staff have been familiarized with procedures per the CDC and Vermont Health Department and have been provided with safety shields and/or masks. Also, they are familiar with the necessary additional sanitizing that needs to be done in the rooms and dining room on a daily basis. Sneeze guards have been installed at the reception, breakfast buffet and bar areas for your and the staff’s protection.
After 3 months of isolating lockdown, we all need to start the restoration of some level of normalcy in our lives. For many, a communal art experience will be a big part of the process. Rest assured that, as we have in the past, we will go out of our way to the best of our ability, to make your workshop experience safe and rewarding.