Robinson Farm - 274 acres for sale/lease, with house - Strafford, VT

Posted on July 30, 2018Last updated 4 months ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Land trust or other conservation organization

Property Location:

480 Brook Rd, Strafford, VT

Total number of acres available with this property:


Acres of cropland or tillable land:


Acres of pasture:


Acres of forested land:


Other open and/or non-farmable land

The farmland is eligible for organic certification. The majority of the cropland is Buckland loam, Charles silt-loam, and Cabot silt loam soils with 3% to 8% slopes. The upper pastures near the forest are Buckland soils with steeper slopes.

Is the property protected with any type of Conservation Easement?:

Farm Information

Water sources present


Types of water sources present

Shallow well or spring reservoir

Water sources details

Water is provided by a spring with continuous flow to the barn.

Barns, sheds or other structures


Farm infrastructure details

• 10-sided barn, 35 tie stalls and attached and milk house, with high-drive entrance. Includes two attached silos and cemented barnyard • 4-bay pole shed used for machinery storage • 8-bay pole shed used for machinery storage • Blacksmith shop • Sugarhouse • Threshing barn • Piggery with pig stalls • Chicken house • Bull barn

Farmer housing


Farmer housing details

• Farmhouse attached garage and woodshed, all in good condition • Farmhouse currently used as a bed and breakfast

Equipment and machinery


Equipment and machinery details

The real estate purchase price does not include any equipment, supplies or home furnishing except appliances. The house that is currently used as a bed and breakfast can come fully furnished. Please indicate a preference in the proposal.
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement


Other tenure arrangement

A buyer may submit a proposal either; a) offering to purchase the farm immediately after securing financing; or b) intending to lease the farm for one or two years with a purchase occurring at the end of the lease.
Additional Information


After 200 years of ownership within the Robinson Family, this iconic farm needs new owners who will take it into the future as a working farm and community asset. The current owners and Vermont Land Trust (VLT) have reached an agreement for VLT to acquire the farm in October. VLT will be an interim owner to enable the smooth transition of the farm to a long-term owner.

This historic property is on 480 Brook Road in Strafford with a small amount of acreage located in Sharon. The farm is well-known in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire and has appeared on the cover of numerous publications including Vermont Life magazine. Perched behind the houses and outbuildings is the farm’s most noteworthy feature, a 10-sided barn built in 1907 by Willard Robinson. This barn, built from timber cut and sawed on site, is 90 feet in diameter with white horizontal siding, a segmented conical roof, and a louvered and windowed cupola. The foundation was built with crushed stones, also from the property. It was built as a milking barn and the milk house with a bulk tank remains. Today the barn, still in very good condition with recent renovations and a new electrical system, is used to raise Hereford beef cows and for hay storage.

At one time, the farm produced nearly all the inputs needed to operate successfully and sustain the family. It has two houses plus a completely intact set of farm outbuildings that supported a wide variety of farm enterprises, including an on-site blacksmith shop.

There is an active maple sugar operation utilizing a portion of the 3,000 – 3,500 available maple trees. The farm is enrolled in Vermont’s Current Use program and is managed under a forest management plan. Taxes are approximately $4,000 per year and insurance is approximately $3,000 per year.

The farm will be subject to a perpetual farmland conservation easement that will allow all types of agricultural uses and new agricultural structures, while limiting subdivision and commercial or residential development. A buyer may or may not decide to include the option to purchase at agricultural value. This option allows VLT to purchase the farm at its agricultural value should the buyer (or a future owner) attempt to sell the farm to a non-farmer. (Owners may also sell the farm to family members.) The easement will also include riparian buffers or grass buffer strips to preserve water quality along all existing brooks and streams.  purchase price of the farm will be set by appraisal subject to the conservation easement. An appraisal will be completed in late August

We are hosting two open houses on September 5th and September 8th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the farm to allow potential buyers to see the property. For more information, please go to or contact Jon Ramsay, Directorof VLT's Farmland Access Program, 802 533-7705.

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