Venue, Food & Lodging

Strafford  Vermont

The Symposium will take place in the town of Strafford, Vermont. The daily sessions will be held in the Strafford Town House, a building dating to 1799, and the oldest continuous town meeting venue in Vermont, where town meetings have been held every year since it was built.

Strafford is the birthplace and lifetime home of Senator Justin Smith Morrill (whose homestead is well preserved and is a state historical site in town). A “self made man”, Senator Morrill created and shepherded the eponymous legislation through Congress creating the Land Grant College system, to address the critical need to educate all persons in order to achieve the American dream of prosperity with social equality.

Strafford is also the long time retirement home of Reverend William Sloane Coffin, a central leader of the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam War movement. Bill continued his work for civil rights after moving to Strafford permanently, and spoke fervently about the critical need for nuclear disarmament, gay marriage, and other issues of social consciousness. His deep faith directed his actions in all that he did.

Today, the citizens of Strafford have a reputation for civil discourse, and continued strong personal involvement in social justice issues.





Lunch and dinner on Saturday, and lunch on Sunday are included with the Registration fee for the Symposium. Stone Soup restaurant (on the common, no sign) is open for dinner (reservations required). Cafe 232 is nearby in South Strafford. They will be open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Please let us know, in advance, if you have any dietary requirements or allergies. We will attempt to accommodate all needs we are made aware of ahead of time. Email us with details –

Lodging – Click here for places to stay

Nearby White River Junction (30 minutes drive) provides a wide variety of hotels and restaurants, with additional restaurants available across the Connecticut River in nearby Lebanon, NH.

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