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Welcome to Historic Bates Farm!

A cultural gathering place in Richmond, Vermont, this property was one of the original land grants of Governor Wentworth of New Hampshire to Solomon Bates in 1793. It remained in the Bates family as a farm for almost two centuries. In 1986, it was purchased by Alison Lane Anand, a proud 8th generation Vermonter who is dedicated to the spirit of historic conservation. Surrounded by beautiful vistas, Historic Bates Farm is now the home of Alison's Aquatic School and the Lane Music Studio.

Alison is a career teacher, having taught music and swimming for many years. She began to teach swimming in her high school years. This healthy and enjoyable job became a life-long passion. In college, she was a competitive synchronized swimmer, uniting her passions for both music and swimming as performing arts. Through her extensive career as a private music teacher, Alison has developed her expertise at customizing the learning experience for individual students. She has transferred this concept to the Aquatic School in a unique manner which is not found in other settings.

Her summer aquatic school brings together all ages for swimming lessons. When she is not at the pool, she is giving music lessons, performing on her violin or landscaping in her Garden of Hearts. With Camel's Hump as your backdrop, Historic Bates Farm is an ideal location for your private pool party, celebration or ceremony. Please browse the site to learn more about what you can find at 3103 Huntington Road.


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