Turning Stone Farm has been the culmination of over 30 years of vision, effort, and loving care by Jennifer to save and share this rare beautiful Vermont landmark with you. The barn, parts of which dates back nearly 200 years, has seen extensive renovations and improvements under her care.
The opening of the barn as a Wedding and Event venue is an important element to sustaining the barn and its beauty for generations to come. The property serves as her home and artistic playground where she creates beautiful works of art in clay and tends extensive gardens and orchards.
This land has had continuous farming operations since 1795 when Asabel Hale first came to Greensboro. The original barn was constructed around 1815 and hosted the first Sunday School Convention in New England. Around 1880 a new, bigger barn with one cupola was built surrounding the earlier barn. This original barn is still visible from the ground level.
This large farm had a wide range of operations with maple sugaring, diverse vegetables including 8 acres of potatoes, milking 35 Jersey cows, work horses, pigs, and chickens. All the work was done by people and horses until 1940 when a John Deere tractor was added. Most of the farming operations were curtailed around 1950, due to steep price drop. The farmhouse across the street was used to board and feed summer guests to Greensboro. For a while after World War II a field here was even used as a landing strip for small aircraft.
In 1990, Jennifer purchased the property. She immediately began the hard work of restoring and re-purposing the barn. Extensive work began on the foundation, historic post-and- beam structure, and cupolas. The milk-house and chicken coupe was rebuilt into the family home. A few years later, when the home was completed, she moved in with her 3 children.
The Ranz family embraced this fascinating property with an integrated agricultural approach. The building would now serve as a home and business and the land adapted its agricultural focus. The field continued to be hayed by local diary farmers and and a couple acres were converted to orchards and gardens with occasional chickens, pigs, and sheep. Apple, Pear, and Plum trees were planted, wild grape vines were lifted on an arbor to bear fruit, and a few large gardens were planted, filled with vegetables, flowers, and berries. Jennifer's art studio and gallery displaying finish works are located in the barn. Over the past 30 years, the barn itself slowly opened up and a large space on the east side of the barn is now used for weddings, and large gatherings. All these changes have been a part of a larger dream to save and adapt this historic agricultural structure and site and allow it to delight locals and visitors alike with an increasingly rare and magnificent landmark of Vermont history. Come see it for yourself!
We look forward to your visit and making your dream event extra special.