This stone wall in Ripton at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English always catches my eye.

At least once a year I take a leisurely drive along Route 125, a scenic route also known as Middlebury Gap Road. During these drives, I always stop at the college’s Ripton campus to admire the stone wall and rolling landscape.

David Bain, of Middlebury College’s Department of English and American Studies, says the stone wall was likely built in the 1880s, back when Bread Loaf was a summer resort.

Bread Loaf is now a summer destination for graduate students, and it continues to be a place worth exploring.


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