Shelburne Farms

Off U.S. 7, Shelburne, Vermont


Shelburne Farms

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1990




One of the many estate properties built for wealthy American industrialists during the Gilded Age period, Shelburne Farms was considered an "ideal country place" for its exemplary model stock farm and horse breeding service, architectural and technological achievements, and scenic landscape. The estate is a nationally-significant representative of turn-of-the-century American country estates and model farms that retains its core property and its historic character. Its buildings and structures are outstanding examples of the Shingle and Queen Anne architectural styles. Shelburne Farms is the most significant and intact property developed by its founders, Dr. William Seward Webb and Lila Osgood Vanderbilt Webb. In addition, its architecture and landscape architecture represent significant achievements by both architect Robert Henderson Robertson, and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, January 3, 2001

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 11, 1980
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Tudor Revival; Victorian: Queen Anne; Other architectural type; Elizabethan Tudor
Areas of significance
Landscape Architecture; Architecture; Agriculture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Agricultural outbuildings; Forest; Secondary structure
Current functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure; Forest; Agricultural outbuildings
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1887; 1899; 1902
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 14
Contributing structures: 4
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 23
Non-contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • January 22, 2019: New photo from Richard Doody