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The buildings of the historic Joslin homestead in Waitsfield were restored in 1988–1992 as a B&B, The Inn at Round Barn Farm. The property's most prominent feature, at far right in this photo, is the now-rare 12-sided barn, based on a Shaker design. Vermont's Snow Globe The Mad River Valley is a winter wonderland famous for its skiing, but those who live here know that their towns are also filled with creative people and warm moments. By William Scheller photogr aphs by corey hendrickson 'm sitting in my car on the shoulder of Common Road, halfway between Waitsf ield and Warren, Vermont, finishing the last of my Christmas slab of dark chocolate and contemplating a snow globe. No, it isn't the kind you shake, and it wasn't in my stocking with the chocolate. I'm looking down into Vermont's snow globe, the Mad River Valley. There's a valley for every pair of hills in Vermont, but seldom do you get the sense of "valleyness" that you do here, where the Northfield Mountains to the east, and the steep spine of the Greens to the west, cradle the realm that lies along the Mad River, this valley's keel. It's a remarkably self-contained little world, and under the bright blue dome of a January sky, a snow globe is just what it seems. The two towns of Waitsfield and Warren anchor the heart of the Mad River Valley. (Fay ston, Moretown, and Duxbury are the other Valley towns.) Tiny Warren, just off the southern end of the stretch of Route 100 that follows the | 29 YK0114_MadRiverValley_E.indd 29 11/18/13 11:36 AM

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