Hoag Farm Interpretive Panels

The Hoag Farm Interpretive Panel Series

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This Project is an attempt to pay homage to the history and culture of The Willowell Land. For thousands of years this area has witnessed great changes, movement, and shifts in human culture. From the glaciers that formed these mountains and valleys; to the time when The First People subsided off the land; to the turn of the century– this land has been home to many resilient and hard working people, plants, and animals.


The project was made possible in-part by grants from The Vermont Humanities Council and The Five Town Friends of the Arts. It consists of two interpretive Her%20Mother%20Taught%20Her%20Wellpanels on the Willowell land that tell the story of this particular parcel. This student and staff-led project focuses on the ecological shifts through time, the First People who inhabited the area, and the Hoag Family who owned and farmed the land before us. We gathered this information with the help of The Monkton Historical Society, The Vermont Folklife Center, and through research done by previous AmeriCorps members.

With the help from The Vermont Folklife Center, students and staff conducted ethnographic interviews with Abenaki Scholar, Melody Brook and members of The Hoag Family. To hear their stories about The Willowell Land, farming at the turn of the century, and The Abenaki People, please click here.

We hope you enjoy the project!

Many thanks to all who contributed: The Hoag Family, Melody Brook, The VT Folk Life Center, The Walden students who worked on the project, our dedicated AmeriCorps Service Members, David Schein, and the Monkton Historical Society, and Emily Bissonnette. Thank you also to our funders The Vermont Humanities Council and the Five Town Friends of the Arts.


Listen to Interviews

Melody Brook, Abenaki Scholar Interviews:

  1. Introduction—Melody Brook and her relationship to Abenaki Culture
  1. Authenticity— Finding your sense of self within an indigenous context
  1. Preservation—Nothing is ever lost, it’s us who lost our way
  1. How to Exist—The balance between old ways and modern culture
  1. The Seven Sisters—Agriculture and our connection to the past
  1. Identity and Recognition— The struggle to reclaim culture
  1. Conclusion— Walking softly on the earth


Judy (Hoag) Tasetano Interview:

  1. Introduction—Growing up in a slower time
  1. Changes—Walter takes over the farm
  1. Siblings—shooting woodchucks and helping out on the family farm
  1. Life on the Farm—making ends meet
  1. Scenery—the beauty of the land
  1. Riding Horses—exploring the pastures and property
  1. Conclusion—changing seasons


Robin and Marlene Interview:

  1. Introduction— A brief history of the farm
  1. Growing up—life lessons
  1. Getting back to the farm basics— work hard, play hard
  1. Changing times—hard times were worth the lessons
  1. Horse down the well
  1. Conclusion—Reflections about a way of life


Thank you to all who participated in this project for their time and stories!


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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Vermont Humanities Council.