The campus of the Southern Vermont Arts Center began life as a private estate in 1917. The original property boasted over four-hundred acres of forest and meadowland, and a 28-room mansion complete with servants quarters. Owned primarily by Gertrude Divine Webster, a wealthy socialite who used the property as her summer retreat, the Webster Estate enjoyed a reputation for refined elegance and culture. Gertrude was a patron of the arts and her multi-windowed conservatory boasted the finest Vermont-made glass collection in the world.
Sold to the Southern Vermont Artists in 1950, the campus became the permanent home to the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Today the original building still remains on more than 120 acres of forest-land, and has been joined by a state-of-the-art museum complex, studio facilities, 400-seat auditorium, and the largest sculpture garden in Vermont.
Together, SVAC's facilities provide a comprehensive opportunity to immerse oneself in the arts whether it be for education or enjoyment