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5. Historic Dummerston farm up for sale

By MIKE FAHER / Reformer Staff

Elysian Hills Tree Farm in Dummerston. (Kayla Rice/Reformer)

DUMMERSTON -- There is more than the usual balsam fir, Canaan fir, white pine and blue spruce available for purchase at Elysian Hills Tree Farm.

In fact, the farm itself -- which hosts a popular Christmas-tree business -- is for sale through the Vermont Land Trust.

Owners Bill and Mary Lou Schmidt intend to remain residents of the Knapp Road property. But they've enlisted the land trust to locate a new owner and operator for the historic farm.

The first of two open houses is scheduled this Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. That also is expected to be one of the tree farm's busiest days of the holiday season.

"Anyone interested in buying the farm can look at the operation they've built," said Joan Weir, a Brattleboro-based regional director for the trust.

She added that, with a second open house planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12, the land trust is working quickly to find someone to take over the 138-acre property.

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