Located in Reading, Vermont, Jenne Farm is reputed to be New England's and perhaps even North America's most photographed farm.
What makes this somewhat remarkable is that this private farm, located on a dirt road, isn't exactly heavily promoted or on a well-traveled route. Luckily, I asked for directions to Jenne Farm before leaving Woodstock, Vermont, on Route 106 South when I first visited in 2003: The only sign indicating its presence was a tiny board on Route 106 advertising "maple syrup." When I returned to Jenne Farm in January 2015, there wasn't even a syrup sign to encourage drivers to detour past this famous scene.
From Woodstock, the farm is about a 15-minute drive. You'll want to keep your eyes out for Jenne Road on the right-hand side. GPS users can enter 1264 Jenne Road, Reading, VT, as the destination address.
Just how "famous" is Jenne Farm? If this rural outpost looks oddly familiar to you, there is a good reason. Photographs of the farm have appeared on posters, postcards, note cards, calendars and corporate annual reports. Jenne Farm has also graced the covers of magazines like Yankee and Vermont Life, appeared in a Budweiser commercial and served as a setting for movies such as Forrest Gump and Funny Farm.
More than 50 years after the first photographers discovered this scene, Jenne Farm is still a popular meet-up spot for camera clubs and the subject of photo contest-winning images.
Fall foliage season is, of course, the most popular time for photographers to invade this bucolic farm in the hopes of capturing its image framed in the bright golds and shimmering oranges of autumn. In the wintertime, the red-painted farm buildings are particularly attractive against a backdrop of sparkling white. Whatever the season, if you're going to set up your tripod or pose the kids, it's a nice idea to purchase some syrup before you leave if it is available. Jenne family descendants struggle to sustain the farm's aging buildings, according to Yankee magazine.
More Tips for Photographers: Scenes of Vermont offers this insightful guide to Shooting Jenne Farm. You'll learn the best time of day to visit and a few other strategies for enhancing your photographs.
More Views of Jenne Farm: Photographer Arnold John Kaplan, APSA-AFIAP, captures inspiring scenes of Jenne Farm in the winter and fall.
More Nearby Vermont Farms to Photograph
Why limit your photo safari to Jenne Farm? While you're in the Woodstock area, other photogenic farms to visit include Sugarbush Farm, a working maple and cheese farm with a nature trail and an adorable little farm chapel; Billings Farm & Museum, a historic working dairy with prize-winning Jersey cows and other farm animals; and Cloudland Farm, where a country lane leads to a post-and-beam building built with wood harvested from the farm. Farm dinners here on Friday and Saturday are picture-perfect, too.
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