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Monday, July 22, 2019

Historic Ruth Stone House Burglarized

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 3:31 PM

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The historic home of late poet Ruth Stone in Goshen was burglarized during the week of July 15, according to the Ruth Stone Foundation. Representatives estimate the floorboards and power tools stolen were worth around $3,700, but note that the foundation is accepting donations to replace the missing materials.

The Ruth Stone Foundation is a nonprofit honoring the legacy of the former Vermont Poet Laureate and National Book Award winner. Stone owned the house from 1956 until her death in 2011, though it sat unoccupied for several years. The foundation has been working to repair the house since 2011, aiming to turn it into a space for writers retreats and workshops.

A majority of the carpentry thus far has been done by the family and volunteers, including Ruth's granddaughter Bianca Stone and her husband Ben Pease, both poets. They think the house was built around 1800. It's listed on the National Registry of Historic Places because of Ruth Stone's importance to the state.

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