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Stories from the Fire

In the early morning of January 18, 1970, much of High Mowing School burned to the ground. But the stories from the aftermath of the fire, as remembered by Mrs. Emmet in From Farm to School, do not only paint a picture of loss. There are also many stories of hope and resilience from that night, and more still from the days and months that followed. Here are just a few.

The Lamb

Mrs. Emmet and many of the students gathered across campus in the home of Frank Waterman, a faculty member at the time. As the old houses and the connecting strip of barn continued to burn, those gathered waited for …

Posted by Kurt Schmidlein on Tuesday January 21 at 04:13PM
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The Nativity, a history

Nativity 2010The High Mowing Nativity has been performed every year since the school began during World War II. Mrs. Emmet directed the Nativity from the early days of the school until the 1970s when Sabina Nordoff, the Eurythmy teacher, took over. The torch was passed to Patrice Pinette in the 1990s after Sabina became ill and passed away, and this year Patrice and Raven Garland are co-directing. We spoke to Patrice, Raven and Eunice Chalmers, who has been a member of the High Mowing community since the 1970s, about the Nativity’s history.

Eunice Chalmers: Mrs. Emmet’s conception of the Nativity was …

Posted by Kurt Schmidlein in Faculty Musings on Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 12:28PM
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Abbot Hill Agriculture - Vital and Growing

Tomatoes from the High Mowing School farm


There is a rich history of biodynamic and community supported agriculture on Abbot Hill — a tradition that is driving High Mowing’s efforts to raise funds to purchase and conserve Frye Field. We spoke with Lincoln Geiger, co-founder of the Temple-Wilton Community Farm and dear friend of High Mowing, about the history of the Temple-Wilton Community Farm (the oldest continually-running CSA in America) and how the acquisition and conservation of 90+ acres of pristine wilderness will add to the vitality of Abbot Hill.

How did your story in Wilton start? When did you come to the area and why?

Posted by HMS on Wednesday October 2, 2013
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