The Dorset Equine Rescue

P.O. Box 724
East Dorset, VT 05253

The Dorset Equine Rescue’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home abused, neglected, and slaughter bound horses of all breeds and sizes.  DER provides a safe, loving, and rehabilitative home, including all needed medical care, to every incoming animal. Once ready for their forever family, each horse is selectively placed in a pre-screened and qualified home. The Dorset Equine Rescue strives to educate the community about all matters of horse care, health, and advocacy to continuously improve the long-honored and time-tested human equine partnership.

Dorset Historical Society

Civic Organization
PO Box 52, Route 30
Dorset, VT 05251

Dorset Village Public Library

Civic Organization
PO Box 38, Route 30
Dorset, VT 05251


The Marble House Project

1161 Dorset West Road
Dorset, VT 05251
e-mail –

About Us: Marble House Project nurtures the imaginative spirit. Through artist residencies, workshops and sustainable agriculture, Marble House Project promotes an innovative atmosphere and exchange of ideas. Inspiration, contemplation and creativity are the hallmarks of the program. We focus on conservation of natural resources, integration of small-scale organic food production and the arts. Residents sustain their growth by cultivating and participating in the surrounding grounds, working on their artistic vision and forging partnerships within the community. Marble House Project is founded on the belief that the act of creating, whether through art or in nature is where human potential begins and community thrives.

Residency Program: We provide participating residents with a unique experience where they can develop, practice and evolve in their specific artistic field. Each program consists of eight artists at a time, creating small dynamic interactive groups. ART-Seed is our weekly lecture/performance series by our residents that is held every Tuesday evening.

ART-Seed: An intimate, up close look at artists working within their fields. Performances, lectures, readings and open studios throughout the summer. ART-Seed takes place every Tuesday beginning in May through early October at Marble House Project. ART-Seed is free and open to the public. Visit our website for specific dates and times!

Merck Forest & Farmland

Non-profit environmental education orgaization whose mission is to teach and demonstrate innovative and sustainable management of forest and farmland.
3270 Rupert Mountain Road, Route 315 / PO Box 86
Rupert, VT 05768



The Wilson House

Birthplace of Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Wilson House is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) for education in the area of twelve step recovery.  Visit the website for further information and a listing of Seminars, Retreats and Events.

PO Box 46 (378 Village Street)
East Dorset, VT 05253
Phone: 802-362-5524

Facebook page: The Wilson House of East Dorset

Friends of the Dorset Quarry

The Dorset Quarry is known locally, nationally and – thanks to the Internet – internationally as a wonderful swimming hole. During the summer, hundreds of people visit the quarry on any sunny day.

Most people don’t realize that the Dorset Quarry is private property. It belongs to Dick and Kirsten McDonough. For years, the McDonoughs have worked tirelessly to keep the quarry area clean and safe for families. They have landscaped the property, worked with the town to provide an orderly parking area, picked up trash, removed graffiti, and done everything they can think of to maintain this unique and historic feature of Dorset’s past and present.

The Dorset Chamber of Com merce would like to help the Mc Donoughs by forming a “Friends of the Dorset Quarry” group. The Friends – not just Chamber members but also neighbors from the wider community – would volunteer some of their time and energy to clean the area regularly and assist with occasional planting efforts directed by the property owners. The Chamber can’t do the work alone – but together as “Friends” we can. Anyone interested in volunteering a bit of their time to maintaining the Dorset Quar ry should contact the Dorset Cham ber. The email address is The more friends that help, the easier it will be for all. Friends who would prefer to assist financially can send gifts payable to Dorset Chamber of Commerce, memo “Quarry fund” to PO Box 121, Dorset VT 05251.

Let’s keep the Dorset Quarry beautiful for the next 100 years.

Friends of the Dorset Sidewalks – October 2014

The sidewalks in Dorset are old. No one knows for sure when they were put in place. That means they are “historic.” They’re also in bad shape. Some of the marble has sunk, causing ponds to form (and freeze), and some areas are elevated. Sidewalks are meant to be walked on, but Dorset’s sidewalks make it difficult and sometimes dangerous to do so. Snow removal is problematic when the surface is so irregular.

Because of complexity (some sidewalks are on private property, some are on state right-of-way, some are on town land, and most are in the Historic District), and also because of expense and potential liability issues, Dorset’s Select Board has been understandably unwilling to take the lead in restoring the sidewalks.

To move forward with a program to improve Dorset’s sidewalks, a group of residents has formed a not-for-profit limited liability corporation called Dorset Marble Preservation Association. Its mission is to raise private funding for the purpose of refurbishing and maintaining the sidewalks.

Anyone who would like to help fix up the marble sidewalks is welcome to contribute to our LLC.

Opinions differ on what is the best approach to making the sidewalks safe and welcoming for pedestrians. Our group has begun with a small test project at the west end of the Church Street sidewalk (south side).

Portions have been restored by setting marble in cement; other sections by setting marble in crushed stone and sand.

An important benefit to using cement is snow removal is much simpler, and restoration projects will not have to be repeated every few years. All of the marble used in this test is new (as it is much easier to achieve a level surface with uniform marble, rather than the random thicknesses in the old material), but we wish to reuse as much of the original marble as possible.

Rebuilding marble sidewalks isn’t cheap. It costs roughly $200 per linear foot. It isn’t feasible for all 6000 feet of Dorset’s sidewalks to be redone all at once; our first priority is to repair the section between Church Street and the Post Office (not walkable and downright dangerous in winter). We estimate that redoing that sidewalk will cost about $20,000.

People wishing to support the effort to restore Dorset’s marble sidewalks should make checks payable to DMPA, care of Samuelson Law Offices, PO Box 1091, Manchester Center VT 05255. Contributions are tax deductible.

Thanks for helping.

Roger Squire, Malcolm Cooper, Bill Childs and Bonnie Burke