From 1917, the estate of Gertrude Divine Webster enjoyed a reputation for refined elegance and culture. Sold to the Southern Vermont Artists in 1950, 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, auditorium, and the largest sculpture garden in Vermont.
The Arkell Pavilion is a 400 seat auditorium with professional-quality acoustics that is one of the area’s finest performance spaces. Since its founding in 1965, the Arkell has hosted scores of musicians, singers, dancers, actors and writers. What makes the Arkell particularly unique is its ability to become an open-air venue when the side and back walls are rolled open.
The extensive network of trails and paths includes the three-quarter mile Boswell Botany Trail, offering the chance to see abundant wildflowers, orchids, and ferns in a unique glacial microclimate. The SVAC Loop trail offers a wide variety of hikes to choose from – following the loop to the Equinox Pond or to the panoramic views at the summit of Equinox Mountain.