Visiting Stonehurst

While all of our furniture is available for purchase direct from us online, we welcome you to come visit us at Stonehurst, a historic property in Vernon, Vermont. Stonehurst has always been a special place. From a farm to a boarding house, then to a local ski area, the newly renovated Stonehurst is now where we showcase the finest furniture Vermont has to offer. Set on 109 acres of meadows and forest, Stonehurst is not your typical furniture buying experience.

Whether you’re ready to be inspired or ready to purchase we invite you to take a close look at our collections, enjoy our property as well as all the great things Vermont has to offer. We like to think of Stonehurst as a destination shopping experience. If you fall in love with a piece or collection, don’t worry as no matter where you live in the continental United States, we can white glove ship your new furniture right to your home.

Come see us at Stonehurst, then take some time to explore the area. We think you’ll find it worth the drive.

Hours of operation

Monday to Saturday:
9am - 6pm Eastern

Sunday:
Noon - 5pm Eastern

Phone

Toll-free: (888) 390-5571

Address

538 Huckle Hill Rd,
Vernon, VT 05354

Directions

Map directions to Stonehurst:


Your Visit

We know that buying fine wood furniture is a big investment, and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible making a decision that we believe, shouldn’t be rushed.

We believe that there is no better place to shop for Vermont wood furniture than in our showroom, nestled in the woods of Vernon, Vermont. All of our furniture comes from sustainably harvested forests, much like the one right in our backyard. Shopping at Stonehurst brings you closer to where your furniture really comes from. Visit us, and experience the beauty of Vermont wood, inside and out.

Unlike your traditional furniture shopping experience, at Stonehurst there is no need to rush. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine and a picnic lunch, and enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere while you get to know our furniture. Each member of our sales staff is an expert in Vermont wood, so even if you aren’t ready to purchase, we’d love for you to stop by and have a conversation with one of our friendly staff members and get to know more about Vermont Woods Studios.

At Stonehurst, we don’t have aisle after aisle of furniture. The pieces we carry at Stonehurst are just a representative sampling of the hundreds of pieces we offer on our online store. The pieces that we have in the showroom are a true reflection of the quality and craftsmanship that you can expect with all of our furniture.

Besides Vermont’s rich tradition for handcrafted furniture, Vermont is also known for its talented artisans. Did you know that Vermont has more artisans per capita than any other state in the US? We carry a variety of interior décor and artisans pieces in celebration of Vermont’s history of fine artistry and craftsmanship, and because we understand that designing your home doesn’t end at the hardwood furniture.

Come visit us at Stonehurst, it’s well worth the trip!
See our "Area Information" tab above for other great reasons to visit Vermont.

Area Information

Only ten minutes from Brattleboro, and no more than a few hours car ride from Burlington, Boston, and NYC-- Stonehurst is an easy trip from most places in the northeast. Despite what some people may think, there’s a lot more to Vermont than cows and maple syrup! Vermont is renowned for it’s:

Shopping

Within any Vermont city or town you will be sure to find plenty of one of a kind shops, galleries, and boutiques. Some with whimsical home décor, others with an eclectic array of antiques, unique gifts, or books old and new. The small Vermont shops have a charm not to be found anywhere else, and the always friendly merchants welcome your visit.

Food

Vermont is also an exciting destination for foodies! Being a leader in the farm to table movement, there’s hundreds of amazing culinary destinations for your choosing. If you’re looking for something fresh and delicious to take back home with you, travel a bit of the cheese trail, hit up a farmers market, and be sure to stop in one of Vermont’s many country stores for that special Vermont treat!

Beverages

Vermont has more microbreweries per capita than any state in the country, so needless to say, there’s plenty to do (and taste!) for the beer lover. Vermont prides itself on some of the best craft beer in the nation, including heady topper, long trail, McNeils, and a many others! Not to worry, wine lovers, Vermont also has several awesome local wineries and distilleries!

Scenic Vermont

Vermont is often considered a “driving state,” with hundreds of miles of scenic back roads for exploring. Not to mention the always spectacular Vermont foliage, rolling green hills, and meandering rivers and streams. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Recreation

If you’re the outdoor active type, you’re in luck because Vermont is an outdoor lover’s playground! Vermont is world famous for its skiing and golf, as well as hiking, biking, and paddling sports. Home to the Green Mountain National forest, spanning over 416,000 acres spread throughout southwestern and southern Vermont. The many state parks create additional untouched, natural land areas and offer numerous recreational activities.

Stonehurst History

Life as a sustainable fine furniture showroom and nature center isn’t the first makeover for Vernon, Vermont’s iconic Stonehurst property. In the early 1940s the circa 1800 Stonehurst farm was dubbed “Pine Top” and transformed into one of Vermont’s many small local ski areas (back in the day about 2/3 of Vermont’s towns had their own ski areas). A couple from New Jersey, Elsie and Romey Racine, had moved to Vermont to pursue their dream and Stonehurst was the recipient of their ambition and hard work.

Stonehurst, with both rolling hills and steep mountainous terrain became a skiing mecca for Vernon townspeople and visitors alike. Three rope tows were installed, powered originally by horse and later by car engines. “Tobey Slope” was for expert skiers, “Pelley Hill” served intermediates and “Tiny Tot” kept the little ones occupied. The whole family could enjoy skiing together, with kids as young as 3 becoming experts on the gentle slope closest to the farmhouse.

The Racines promoted Pine Top to visitors from New Jersey, New York, Boston and beyond. They also attracted the families of students at nearby boarding schools like Deerfield Academy and Northfield Mount Hermon. Visitors could board at Pine Top in winter, spring, summer or fall. It had room to accommodate up to 26 guests and was often rented out to large groups for family reunions.

The Vernon Historians created a DVD featuring Pine Top along with other Vernon landmarks. Copies and further information can be obtained at the Town Hall, Library or from Barbara Moseley, the town historian (and former staffer at Pine Top). There is also a book by Jeremy K Davis, Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont which provides Pine Top history and a companion website, New England Lost Ski Areas Project NELSAP.

Renovations

It's been almost a year now since we purchased Stonehurst, the 200+ year old farmhouse we've grown to know and love. From the beginning when we first conceptualized this showcase of Vermont's best handmade furniture , fine art and home decor accessories we decided to renovate with local products. We worked with Brattleboro architect Jeremy Coleman and Spofford builder, Bob Furlone (American Construction) to reuse and re-purpose everything we could in an effort to keep Stonehurst authentic. And when we needed to purchase building materials new, we sourced Vermont made products where possible.

Dennis, Heather B, Kelsey and I have written many Stonehurst blog posts describing the details of how we renovated and where materials came from. But I wanted to do a final run-down to recognize and thank the Vermont companies that made Stonehurst the authentic showcase it is today. Here's the list:

  • Windows were custom handcrafted to match original designs, by Green Mountain Window in Rutland, VT
  • The maple and cherry hardwood in our floors was harvested and milled locally by Kerber Farms Mill and Lumber in Guilford, VT. Joe Dhembe in Newfane, VT installed the floors
  • Original wood floors were too fragile to reuse, but Bob Furlone's American Construction crew (Scott Strong Superintendent, Martha Ratcliff, Chuck Johns, Patrick Devens, Howard Bassett, Ketch Greene) were able to salvage, clean and re-purpose them as beautiful rustic ceilings
  • Interior painting and some exterior painting was done by W R Painting Inc in Ashulot, NH
  • Exterior painting was also done by Moe Momany Painting in Brattleboro, VT
  • Slate floors were mined in Poultney, VT and installed by Albert diBiccari of AD Ceramic Tile, Marlborough NH
  • 2 gas stoves and a wood stove were made by Vermont Castings in Bethel, VT
  • Custom steel railings for the stairwell were period designed and handmade by Richard Crawford of Vermont Steelcraft
  • Jeremy's decorative porch rafters and the cherry fireplace mantle were crafted by Walpole Cabinetry in Walpole NH
  • We left original beams in place wherever possible, but some new beams were needed. They were sustainably harvested and hand-hewn by Vermont Timberworks in Springfield, VT
  • Brattleboro's engineering firm, Stevens and Associates designed the site plan
  • Local excavator, Carey Tyler of Tyler Excavation did all the site work
  • A handful of trees had to be taken down because they were leaning over the building. Turner and Renaud Tree Service fell the trees and local sawyer, Vince Johnson brought his portable sawmill over to slice and dice the wood up. That wood has been used in construction where possible. The black locust in this post will be used to make a deck behind Stonehurst.
  • Carroll Concrete of Vernon VT poured the new concrete foundation which shores up the old stone foundation
  • Masonry, stone wall repair and construction of the new stone wall along our ADA accessible ramp out front was artfully performed by Scott Sartoria of SKS Masonry in Keene, NH
  • A new standing seam metal roof over the renovated sections of Stonehurst was installed by Rohr Cook of Chester, VT. Soon Rohr will be repairing the old slate roof on the other side of Stonehurst

To follow through on our "all things Vermont" theme, we are now working with local artisans to adorn the inside of Stonehurst with Vermont made fine furniture, artwork and home decor items. Soon you will be able to see that, plus lighting by Hubbardton Forge, glassware and pottery by Simon Pearce and pewter by Danforth Pewter all under one roof. Come visit and enjoy!