There is much more to The Swallow's Nest than just the cottage. The Nest is located on a stunning 1200 acre property just outside the village of Brandon. The property was originally settled in the late 1700's. In the 1800's (when Vermont was the sheep capital of the world) it became a large sheep farm and nearly all the land was converted to pasture for the sheep. During the 20th century, the farm transitioned from sheep to cows and became one of the largest dairy farms in the area. The Dean family ran the farm for many years and even bottled their own milk. You can still see the Dean Brothers Farm name on the slate roof of the old Dean Barn. Dairy farming ceased in the 1980's and the Dean family sold the farm in the 1990's. Today, we continue to farm the land as we make hay on 200 acres of open meadows. We don't raise livestock on a large scale, but we keep our own chickens, goats and other pets on the farm. Most of the remainder of the land has reverted back to forest over the years. There is also some beautiful wetland and fantastic bird habitat along Otter Creek (which bisects the property). Our 10 year old daughter has identified close to 100 bird species here on the farm. We feel fortunate and blessed to live in such a beautiful spot and so enjoy sharing it with others. The photos below provide a glimpse into our little piece of paradise. We hope you enjoy them and will come visit us in the near future.
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