FARR'S HILL

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HISTORY OF FARR'S HILL

Harold J. Farr was a Vermont resident who operated a small farm on Elm Street in Randolph. In 1936, Mr. Farr came up with an idea that impacted a generation for the next 30 years. When his cows were indoors wintering, Mr. Farr built a ski tow on the steep, sloping hill behind his barn, transforming a part of his pasture into a place for locals to ski and sled. All were welcome to play on the hill, free of charge. He kept the land open every weekend and during school vacations for kids. He enjoyed watching children learn to how to ski and hearing the excitement in their voices as they went sliding down the hill. He spent hours out in the blustery cold to keep the tow going and would close it when it was too dark for kids to continue playing.

 

The tow was closed in 1966 when Pinnacle Ski-ways was developed in Randolph. To thank Mr. Farr for his years of community service, one of Pinnacle's hills was named in his honor. It was an end of an era for Randolph locals. Since then, Farr's Hill has remained silent and in 1974, Pinnacle Ski-Ways closed.

 

Randolph natives, Perry and Lynn Armstrong, knew the rich history surrounding Farr's Hill. In 2018, they purchased the property with plans to restore Farr's Hill reputation as a center for locals to come and play. In 2019, they brought life back to the hill after hosting the first Randolph Winterfest. In its first year, the Winterfest attracted over a 1,000 people and before the advent of the pandemic in 2020, over 2,000 people attended. It has quickly became a popular event for Vermonters all over the state. 

 

Development plans are underway to install a ski tow, lighting system and more. If you're interested in contributing towards this project, please reach out to Perry and Lynn to learn how you can help turn Farr's Hill into a popular recreation destination. 

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