Yelping Hill Association: A Few Wild Acres Somewhere
“Couldn’t we find a few wild acres somewhere and share expenses and responsibilities? We would want something personal, yet allowably different for each family – could individual living be attained in communal conditions?”
The genesis of the Yelping Hill Association got its start by the lake at the Pocono Lake Preserve, a Quaker colony in Pennsylvania. It was there that Lady Canby is supposed to have wondered if their group might be able to create their own colony that suited the particular interests and needs of their group. After visiting Carl and Irita Van Doren in Cornwall, Henry Seidel Canby and his wife Marion, later known as Lady Canby, felt Cornwall would be an ideal place to realize their dream of their own colony.
By 1921 the founding families of Yelping Hill (Henry Seidel Canby, Lee Wilson Dodd, Beverly Kunkel, Henry Noble MacCracken, David Smith, and Mason Trowbridge), purchased a tract of land in Cornwall known as Yelping Hill, to be a summer retreat for their collective community of artists and authors. The group asked Ruth Adams to be their architect.
The Yelping Hill Association was, is, a lively thriving community. In the beginning, the residents of Yelping Hill maintained a seasonal schedule, usually only occupying their homes on Yelping Hill from approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day. This made sense as the cottages were seasonal and several of the members followed an academic schedule. In that, it can be said that much of the early success of the Yelping Hill Association is maintaining cabins, gardens, lawns, refilling ice boxes, the sugar house, tending and butchering pic, and any other general odds and ends can be credited to the work of Bert Blakey, the Yelping Hill Association Caretaker.
When the Yelpers where in residence, every Saturday night a community event was held at the Yelping Hill Association barn. Some events were purely social, but others gave community members a change to share what they had been creating during the week. The children, Whelpers, also put on events - such as the play by Trowbridge, Trowbridge, Trowbridge, Trowbridge, Trowbridge, and Trowbridge.