City Farm Road, Newport Town, Vermont
In 2015, the UCN celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Magoon Park, a hilltop gem with views overlooking Lake Memphremagog and the City of Newport. Magoon Park started life as a part of the home farm of Guy and Ester Magoon, The farm passed down through the family finally to Alton and Bertha Magoon in 1959.
A member of UCN conceived the idea that the open and wooded Magoon farmland would make an excellent investment for the church. The idea was accepted by all concerned. So in November of 1965 the UCN took ownership. The property was appropriately named Magoon Park; a road was constructed, fireplaces and grills installed, a flag pole was erected, and an outdoor chapel was constructed.
Magoon Park is available for the use of the general public. A call to the United Church office is all that is required to reserve.
In 2009, Magoon Park, was placed in the VT State Current Use Program. This move greatly reduced our tax burden on the property.
Through the passage of time and tree growth the once beautiful view of Newport and Lake Memphremagog has been lost, however Willoughby Gap and surrounding areas are still visible. The wildflowers still bloom and the birds still sing. Magoon Park remains today as it was fifty years ago; a peaceful place to renew the spirit, rejuvenate the soul and listen to the music of the universe.