Located high on a hill in Vermont, the property features long road frontage, a large level meadow, an old barn and various potential home sites with local and long views.
The property is located in the rural town of Marshfield in the Winooski River Valley in north-central Vermont. This area is a working landscape of family farms, managed forests, public lands and small villages. 26,000-acre Groton State Forest occupies the eastern end of the town, offering diverse recreational opportunities in all four seasons. The capital city, Montpelier, with an enticing array of amenities, is 18 miles to the west. In addition to being the hub of state government, the small city includes two colleges and a culinary school, a vibrant arts community with a professional theater, and a diverse array of locally-owned restaurants and shops. Closer to the property, Marshfield Village (2.7 miles) offers a vibrant country store and several other small businesses.
US Route 2 runs east-west through the village, connecting Marshfield to I-89 in Montpelier and I-91 in Saint Johnsbury (29 miles to the east). I-89 connects Montpelier to Burlington, the largest city in Vermont (1 hour drive from the property), and beyond to Montreal (2.5 hours from the property). Boston is a 3 hour drive to the southeast. The property is surrounded on three sides by eased land, protected by the Vermont Land Trust. The adjacent property to the south is Rock Lee Farm.
The property has ±1,650’ of frontage along the east side of Ennis Hill Road and ±1,320’ of frontage on the west side of the road. Ennis Hill Road is a town-maintained gravel road. The road is seldom traveled, resulting in minimal traffic and road noise. Power is available along the road’s western side.
The terrain along the road frontage is gently sloping, allowing for various road cuts onto the land with several existing driveways.
There is potential for a simple subdivision by the road, allowing for an additional home site on the western side of the road frontage that could be sold separately in the future.
The property is an ideal site for a year-round home, whether at the edge of the meadows or just in the woods, both options would offer scenic views and plenty of sun.
The larger eastern side of the property features a 15-acre level meadow with well-drained soils that is maintained by a local farmer. Views from the meadow are quite scenic, with a pleasing combination of local and distant views. Near the edge of the field is a significant glacial erratic. A glacial erratic is a boulder that was carried by glaciers. When the ice melted 10,000 years ago, the boulder was dropped on this spot. Three other smaller erratics are located just inside the nearby woods.
The property generally has gentle terrain, sloping from the west to east. Elevation ranges from 1,420’ ASL (above sea level) at the western corner to 1,260’ ASL to the east.
The old original homesite was on the west side of the road opposite the barn. Of interest in this area is a line of granite posts extending from the road frontage to the property’s western boundary that once supported wire fencing.
The forest resource consists of a hardwood and softwood species mix. Land on the west side of the road supports fully-stocked hardwoods, mostly maple and white ash with stems 8-10” in diameter. The forestland east of the road is mostly softwood species (pine, hemlock, spruce/fir and white cedar) and was professionally thinned about 7 years ago. The northern end of the forest has poorly-drained soils. The eastern end of the property holds a hardwood stand and a cedar stand, both unthinned. The property’s management plan (available upon request) provides many more details about the forest resource.
Located at the edge of the meadow, adjacent to the road frontage, is a large old barn that is now surrounded by trees. The barn will require considerable foundation and structural beam repairs; however, the structure is historic and will be an asset on the property once it is secured. It is post and beam built, with a lower and upper level covering ±5,000 square feet. The barn was last restored by the current owners in the early 1970s.