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Our Story

The Stone Mill building at 3 Mill Street is no stranger to change.

In 1789, Stillman Foot built a grist mill, beginning a long history of industrial use.  In 1812, recognizing the opportunity and demand for cotton, the mill was converted to support textile production and a large stone structure almost identical to the present-day building was added. Fires in 1825 and 1836 led to the building being reconstructed in 1840 and is the same building we see today. Born as an industrial cornerstone, The Stone Mill has acted as our community’s mirror of transformation for over 230 years. 

With sheep abundant in Addison County, wool had become the favored fabric and the Middlebury Manufacturing Company was born. In 1890, change struck again, and The Stone Mill responded. Its next occupant, The Middlebury Electric Company, using the power of the falls, generated the current allowing the town to convert streetlights from kerosene to electric. Despite fires continuing to plague the building, the stone shell remained intact and allowed the building to stand. Decades of continuous change proceeded. Today, The Stone Mill, as it has in the past, will once again reflect our community’s next iteration.

In October of 2017, after more than 40 years of combined business expe­rience leading organizations through change, Mary Cullinane and Stacey Rainey left corporate America to start Community Barn Ventures, in downtown Mid­dlebury. With a vision to support the evolution of small business­es and communities in rural Vermont and beyond, Community Barn Ven­tures provides a variety of advisory services to its clients and participates in the local and regional discourse. The Stone Mill Re-Development Project represents a significant opportunity to energize greater Middlebury and demonstrate the power of a carefully curated, mixed-use building de­sign, and community engagement.

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The Mad Taco

Every building needs a strong foundation. The Stone Mill has one of the strongest. Found embedded into the banks of Otter Creek, supporting the businesses above is The Mad Taco restaurant. With Locations in WaitsfieldMontpelier and Essex, Mad Taco offers exceptionally inspired and creative Latin cuisine. Patrons can enjoy farm fresh ingredients, the best craft beers available from Vermont and the New England region and a staff that is eager to please. With outdoor seating and a family friendly environment, The Mad Taco is Middlebury's newest destination in a downtown known to offer great food and friendly service.

The Stone Mill Public Market

The Stone Mill Public Market provides hard goods and prepared food businesses the opportunity to participate in the greater Middlebury retail market without the daily burden of managing labor and point of sale needs. In a highly curated environment, the market will become a new daily destination for residents and visitors, offering a place to gather, shop, and purchase items ranging from gifts to dinner. Market businesses leverage a shared point of sale and personnel, minimizing the costs of entering the Middlebury market. The new approach to retail looks to demonstrate how a Connected Commerce and Community Framework can help revitalize our rural downtowns.

The Stone Mill @Work

Starting November 1, 2021 The Stone Mill @ Work will be transitioning to support the expansion of Community Barn Ventures, the advisory business operated by Stacey Rainey and Mary Cullinane. With this expansion, Community Barn Ventures will operate out of the 2nd floor of building. The Stone Mill @ Work will continue to offer 2 other private office spaces and provide conference room resources for businesses and organizations looking to conduct off-sites and meetings.

If you are interested in hosting your next meeting with us, please contact connect@communitybarnventures.com.

The Rooms at the Stone Mill

Sitting atop of it all are four newly renovated lodging units, distinctively decorated by Slate Home Designs of Burlington. Outfitted with modern furnishings, en suite bathrooms, cathedral ceilings, and much more. With their downtown location, these units offer visitors a unique way to experience Vermont and the greater Champlain Valley region. Footsteps from Middlebury College, local restaurants, Town Hall Theater, and Main Street shopping, staying here means you are in the middle of it all! Reserve your room today!



Summer Outdoor Markets

Jun 27, 2020

The Stone Mill Outdoor Markets kick off on Saturday, June 27th from 12 - 5pm. We welcome several local vendors to this inaugural event, including Molly Smith selling beautiful…

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Holiday Wine Tasting

Dec 21, 2019

Stop by The Stone Mill Public Market on Saturday, December 21st from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm to sample some fabulous Holiday Wine, served up by the even more fabulous Ashley who…

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Let's Stroll

Dec 19, 2019

The Midd Night Strolls are some of our favorite nights in Middlebury. This year has been no exception, so we decided to join in on an unofficial 3rd Stroll. We are joining a…

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