On a recent bright and beautiful summer day we made a day trip to Arlington, VT to visit the area Norman Rockwell called home from 1939 to 1953. The home he lived in when he painted his famous “The Four Freedoms,” for which he used local people as models.
Norman Rockwell’s home is a few miles out of town, just across the covered bridge over the Battenkill River
and past the little white church.
The home on the right was Norman Rockwell’s. It is now a B&B called “The Inn on the Covered Bridge Green,” where you can spend the night in Rockwell’s former bedroom (Inn rooms run $185 to $225) or in the detached studio. The artist’s studio, which easily sleeps four, is $280. Rates include a hot breakfast.
Though a beautiful area it is important to note that both Rockwell and his wife began to feel isolated in this area and ended up moving to their final and more well-known residence in Stockbridge, MA. The move was to be closer to the psych hospital where his wife Mary was an inpatient and he himself became an outpatient in his later years.