A Sense of Place

Last week I had a wonderful experience visiting Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut. I first stepped foot on the campus village in the fall of 1989. I was barely 5 feet tall and weighed less than 100lbs. I remember being the smallest kid in school. The place seemed big to me. Perched on top of a hill overlooking the Farmington River Valley, Old Farms feels like a fortress as one surveys Avon Mountain in the distance. The Cotswold & Tudor architecture creates an environment that is completely unique. There is no other place like it in the world. It is a place where imagination takes flight and growth happens.

“There should be some oases in this country where the love of tradition is fostered. Avon shall be one of the oases: one place where, when Avonians return, they will find at least a semblance of permanence.”Theodate Pope Riddle (Founder, Avon Old Farms School -1927)