The history begins with a pre-history of the Indians who hunted and fished, and lived in harmony with the woods and lakes of New England. The Penacook people inhabited the Monadnock area, one of many peoples who called themselves the Abanaki. One can easily imagine an encampment in the forest right here where our Glen Brook joins the Minniwawa River in the glen just before cascading down into the steep little canyon above Marlborough. However, we can only guess what might have been for all those centuries before the first farmer arrived with his oxcart on our hilltop above the river.
Glen Brook has been a working farm since 1776 when Jedediah and Mary Tayntor arrived by oxcart about a year after Jedediah fought at Bunker Hill. It has been the home of farmers and craftsmen, legislators, famous artists, as well as many teachers ever since.
In 1946, the 200-acre farm was purchased by William Harrer, a teacher from The Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, as a place for school children to spend summers away from the city in the sun, breezes and waters of New Hampshire. Students and teachers from many other schools and places soon began to arrive. The camp reached a capacity of roughly 80 campers, a limit Camp Glen Brook maintains to this day in order to ensure the close family atmosphere that is as magical for kids as it was for some of their parents and grandparents 60 years ago. Camp Glen Brook also started offering a separate "Falcon Camp" (click here) for high school students who live in separate screened in cabins, and whose program involves extended canoeing and backpacking trips.
In 1973, through the efforts and generosity of Peter Curran, the Waldorf School of Garden City acquired Camp Glen Brook. Today, Camp Glen Brook continues to weave together the tradition of New England sleep-away camp with many of the ideas from Waldorf / Steiner schools, one of the fastest growing independent educational movements in the world. Waldorf schools are known for their balanced, holistic approach to education, a clear view of child development and a recognition and deep respect for the spiritual core of each human being and the relationships that arise between them. Growing up is a precious time that must not be hurried or harmed. A high-speed, media-driven, materialistic culture which touches our children too closely and too early may produce undesirable long-term outcomes. Here at Glen Brook, children – and adults – have the opportunity to experience the peace of living in harmony with the natural world.