Carding, Vermont has an impressive but little-known cultural history. It’s the home of the first school in the country dedicated to the preservation of traditional arts such as quilting, glassblowing, metalwork, lacemaking, and cabinetry.
It was also the center of an artists colony in the late 19th century when painters such as Joseph Stillman Croft and writers such as Hanson Willis summered in the Corvus River Valley.
Like most fiction, Willis’s work has faded over time. But I think it’s about to make a comeback because of a significant find that’s been hiding in the darkest corner of the Carding Library.
Here’s a preview of the first part of this two-part story. Enjoy.