Our Property




South of Monadnock Community is the steward of more than 100 acres of fields and woods. Our historic property is home to six houses and a working farm owned  by one of our member families.  Several of our buildings were built between the 1770s and 1830s.

We are interested in the principles of locally-focused, sustainable living that have made agriculture and community possible here for almost 250 years.

We manage our woodlot together, encourage a community garden, and cooperate on small homesteading projects. We enjoy cross-country skiing in our woods and playing frisbee in the fields (after the hay is cut) and we make a joyful effort to be outside, exploring and engaging this special property, all twelve months of the year.

On the property a family runs a small business.

SUN MOON FARM
A Vegetable CSA in Rindge, NH

Learn more about Sun Moon Farm at www.sunmoonfarm.org/

History of the Property
This property has seen continuous agricultural use since its settling by the Thomas family in 1771. Nathaniel Thomas, born in Middleton, MA in 1747 moved with his wife Esther and built the house that we still call “Thomas House.” This house, described as a “significant example of the Georgian style” is on the State Registry of Historic Homes. Nathaniel Thomas was a signatory to the town’s “Association Test” for independence in 1776, a Lieutenant in the militia, and a town selectman in 1788. Esther Thomas died in 1805 and Nathaniel remarried to Phebe Towne Pierce a year later. The barn and the buildings we call “Bliss” and “Helios” are historically known as the “George Thomas Home” and were built by 1839. Five generations of the Thomas family farmed this property before eventually selling the property in 1931.

In 1957 the land was purchased to be the site of The Meeting School, a radical Quaker high school that continued here until 2011. Three families of educators (Hindmarsh, Hayden and Bliss) founded this school with an intention to practice and teach Quaker values in a direct, experiential way. Regular worship, participation in the work of the farm, and family style living in a healthful rural environment were all crucial components of this educational community. Conceived as an “experiment,” the specific program and the staff often changed but these three ideas always continued. At capacity, the school could teach about 35 students, most of whom would live at the school for the academic year. Farm science, fiber arts and peace studies were regular parts of the curriculum in addition to more traditional academic subjects.

The school community provided a transformative opportunity to many students and staff who lived here and inspired SOMC’s founding members’ continued commitment to this place. Over a three year period, the founding SOMC members negotiated with the school’s board of trustees and with the state of New Hampshire to purchase the property in order to make possible a good community that would uphold a similar spirit and honor the best of the property’s history.

Available Homes
  1. Bliss
    Bliss
    Bliss house is a charming colonial style farmhouse built in the early 1800s. The house features a spacious eat-in kitchen and large living room with a library, and 7 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
  2. Helios
    Helios
    This beautiful home has a large open-concept living room with an excellent view of Mt. Monadnock. Six bedrooms and two bathrooms.
  3. Thomas
    Thomas
    Originally built in 1789, this was the original home built by the Thomas Family when they moved to the property. On the registry o historical homes. Seven bedrooms and three bathrooms.
  4. Mountain
    Mountain
    Built in 1814, this home still has original “pumpkin” board floors. A large living room is heated with a wood stove, and a great view of Mount Monadnock.