A combination of a Vermonter who wanted to return to the Green Mountain state and a Kentucky farmer at heart since he was a youngster having grown up on a 500 acre-farm, teamed up 18 years ago with the intention of creating and being a steward to a property they envisioned – an operating farm that presents itself as an event venue for weddings, reunions and executive retreats.
Kent Gregoire has spent most of his professional career as an entrepreneur and working with CEOs on leadership development and providing business advice and Steve Cornwell as a corporate executive turned entrepreneur – and lifelong farmer. Their first farm was in Scottsville, Kentucky where they raised registered Hereford cattle. Their mission was to raise healthy grass-fed livestock on rotationally grazed pastures as pets and prime breeding stock. Kent wanted to return to Vermont and Steve was ready for a new challenge so they sold Aspen Meadow’s Farm and purchased what they named Taplin Hill Farm.
Both having strong Scottish heritage were drawn to the majestic Scottish Highland cattle and Kent grew up having enough experience with growing Balsam Christmas trees and maple sugaring to round out the core farming operations.
The property was originally a part of a much larger parcel and it’s first proprietary was Colonel John Taplin. "He (Col. John Taplin) was one of the most noted men of his times, had been a colonel in the British American army under Gen. Amherst, and actively engaged with Rogers, Putnam, Stark, and other distinguished American officers in reducing the fortresses of the French on Lake Champlain, and fighting their red allies then prowling through the entire wilderness territory of Vermont." Col. John Taplin was the chief judge of the first court ever held within the territory now called Orange county. Col John Taplin, bestowed upon his son, John Taplin, Jr., the paternal property in Corinth, Vermont."