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 The Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage is offering full Wilson Reading Program scholarships for Cape Ann teachers and students for the 2019-2020 school year. Selected teachers will receive full tuition for Level 1 certification and selected students will receive twice weekly tutoring at no cost. PM me for details and applications and please spread the word!

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Photo taken in 1995 on Folly Point Rd.

Preserving the Past

 Once there was a little cottage by the sea and in that place, an artist wrote and illustrated wonderful books for children. 

 Many years passed and the land was sold but the little cottage was saved, packed away in pieces until, not too far away, in the heart of Lanesville (in Gloucester)  people who also love children and books decided to build it back up. They also wanted to celebrate all the artists and writers in their village.

It has been donated to the Lanesville Community Center.


Interview with the editor of VLB's " Little House"


The rebuilding process of the Virginia Lee Burton (VLB) writing cottage has started with the much-needed help of volunteers, a Community Preservation Act (CPA) grant from the City of Gloucester, private donations and corporate donations from Dore and Whittier of Newburyport, MA, DMS Machine and Fabrication of Barre, VT and the Gloucester Building Center.

To explore details on the life and works of Virginia Lee Burton please visit

 Lanesville filmmakers, Laura Johnson and Winslow Lewis made a wonderful video, “At the End of the Road: Lanesville's Artistic Legacy”, which includes discussions about Virginia Lee Burton as well as other famous artists who lived in Lanesville. 

 " At theEnd of the Road: Lanesville's Artistic Legacy"


 Lee Kingman Natti authored 27 children's books and was Virginia Lee Burton's editor for the book "The Little House". Lee lives in Lanesville and is one of the most prolific designers of the Folly Cove Designers. She agreed in January of this year(2018) to be interviewed at her home in Lanesville on the subject of Virginia Lee Burton and the "VLB writing cottage project at the LCC.( see partial interview )

Aris Demetrios reading Choo Choo

Check out this great video

Eleanor Demetrios reading "Little House"

Check out this great video

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