In 1802 Ichabod’s son, Samuel Fisk built the beautiful stone house, of which the ruins still remain.  British officers were billeted in the house during the War of 1812.  .

Fisk Farm and the adjoining Fisk Quarry Preserve, are Vermont state historic sites with eligibility status for the National Register of Historic Places.  Fisk Farm was first settled by Ichabod Ebenezer Fisk in 1788.   The site where he made his home adjoined land which had been quarried for limestone mortar by the French in 1666 when they built Fort St. Anne.

Hiram’s son, Nelson W. Fisk, was active in Republican politics in the State of Vermont and eventually became Lieutenant Governor.  Nelson Fisk entertained President McKinley in 1897 and Vice President Teddy Roosevelt on Sept. 6, 1901 on the occasion of the annual meeting of the Vermont Fish and Game League which was hosted at Fisk Farm.

The Fish and Game League luncheon was attended by Vermont political notables and over one thousand guests who came by the great steamboats of the day and docked at the Fisk loading dock, opposite the quarry.  It was on this occasion that Roosevelt received word that President McKinley had been shot in Buffalo, NY.  He was rushed away by boat and railway to the president’s bedside.  Hopeful that the president would recover Roosevelt continued his vacation in the Adirondacks.  Ten days later, word came that the president had died.

Theodore Roosevelt went on to become the 26th President of the United States and the first conservationist president.  In 2008 a Vermont Historical Marker was installed on site by the Isle La Motte Historical Society.

Samuel Fisk ran the Fisk “marble” quarry as well as a sizable farming operation.

Samuel’s son Hiram eventually took over the operations of quarry and farm.

The old quarry is now the protected Fisk Quarry Preserve; its limestone formations, once marketed and sold as a beautiful black marble-like building stone, is now studied worldwide as part of an ancient reef formation which provides a unique window into the history of life on earth almost half a billion years ago.

The Fisk Home built in 1802

The Fisk Quarry Then

The Fisk Quarry Today

Vice President Theodore Roosevelt visited Fisk Farm in 1901

Here he received the news that President McKinley had been shot.

Nelson Fisk’s wife was Elizabeth Fisk, originally Elizabeth Hubbell from Chazy.  When she first came to live on Isle La Motte with her husband she took up weaving and eventually created an island industry which involved many of the young women, called the Elizabeth Fisk Looms.  Their fine linens became famous around the country and were even known in England.

The Elizabeth Fisk Looms at Fisk Farm

Historic Fisk Home Destroyed by Fire - 1924

The glory days of Fisk Farm ended when the quarry was sold in 1919, Nelson Fisk died in 1923, the great stone house burned in 1924, and Nelson’s wife, Elizabeth, died in 1927.  Most of the land was sold along with the Horse & Carriage barn to the Halls, a farming family on Isle La Motte who have run Hall’s Orchards for generations.

In 1970 my parents, Violet and Lyle Fitch of Princeton, New Jersey, bought Fisk Farm which then became a summer gathering place for family and friends. In 1994 I purchased the barn from the Hall Family and began the work of restoration with the help of many friends and family, notably Merrill Hemond, a carpenter and craftsperson from Bethel, Vermont. 

The barn is now a space for art shows, concerts, and community gatherings. 

In 1995 we undertook the project of preserving the historic Fisk Quarry whose black and grey limestone is part of the famous Chazy fossil reef, the oldest known biologically diverse reef, formed almost half a billion years ago..  Three years later this was finally accomplished.  We formed the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust, a non-profit organization which now owns what is now called The Fisk Quarry Preserve and another geological site called The Goodsell Ridge Preserve. 

Today our mission at Fisk Farm is inspired by its most famous guest, Theodore Roosevelt, by his passion for the land and for the well being of the people.

Linda Fitch  and Family

Side View of Fisk House

Elizabeth Fisk’s Weaving Studio - now a guest cottage

Fisk Farm Today