Rebuild the Spider Web Farm

$9,825 of $100k goal

Raised by 57 people in 6 months
Maryanne Knight
on behalf of Will and Terry Knight
 GOLETA, CA
For forty years, my parents, Will and Terry Knight, have run the Spider Web Farm in Williamstown, Vermont.  On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, a fire destroyed the barn that housed their workshop and gift store, and two outbuildings.  No spiders, humans, or cats were injured in the blaze.  Thank you to the Firefighters from Williamstown, Northfield, Barre Town, and other surrounding communities who put out the fire and kept it from spreading to the house or other buildings, including the shed where the spiders live. 

Interview with Will Knight after the fire

Many people have asked how they can help the Spider Web Farm rise from the ashes.  The outpouring of support is touching, and deeply appreciated by all of us who have called the Farm home.  We do not know yet what my parents total expenses will be.  The barn was not insured.  It is with great humility and the deepest gratitude towards our friends and supporters that I have setup this GoFundMe site to allow financial contributions to assist in rebuilding the Spider Web Farm. 

Financial donations will be used for:

Demo and clean-up of the wreckage

Building a new gift shop

Those of you who live locally to my parents may prefer to help them with services or gifts of your time.   Please contact my parents or brother Willy to find out what they need.  Your help is so wonderfully generous and greatly appreciated.   

Thank you to everyone for your support of my parents in their time of need.  With your help, the Spider Web Farm will persevere. 

With deepest gratitude,

Maryanne Knight,
Daughter of Will and Terry Knight,
owners of the Spider Web Farm

 

What is the Spider Web Farm?

My parents, Will and Terry Knight, bought the Spider Web Farm in 1970.  At the time, it was just another old farmhouse with a red barn, at the end of a dead-end road on the edge of a small Vermont village.  Ever the creative types, Will turned the main floor of the barn into a work shop for his woodworking hobby and opened a small gift store in the basement to sell the lap desks, jewelry boxes, and other cabinetry he made.  Terry hand-lined drawers and painted flowers on the finished pieces. 

Terry began experimenting with using spider webs to augment her painting in the mid-70s.  Will was inspired, and took on the art of collecting webs with a passion and joy that lasts to this day.  A feature in Yankee Magazine in 1978 introduced the world to the Spider Web Farm, and the unique nature of their art has drawn media attention regularly throughout the years.  Visitors from around the world and throughout the U.S. are treated to a live demo of the collection of a web, and entertained by master storyteller Will.  The Farm has hosted tour buses, school field trips, RV and motorcycle clubs. Recent years have seen a flock of Millennials, drawn to the Farm’s quirky charm.
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Update 7
Posted by Maryanne Knight
4 months ago
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The Spider Web Farm is ready for Christmas. There may not be any webs to sell to visitors, but Will and Terry are still in the Christmas spirit, with children and grandchildren on hand to celebrate.
Spider Web Farm's 2016 Christmas Tree
Will supervises the trimming of the tree
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Update 6
Posted by Maryanne Knight
4 months ago
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Thank you to David Plotz, CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of Slate's Political Gabfest, for mentioning the Spider Web Farm and our efforts to rebuild in your podcast last Friday. We received many donations as a result.

Gabfest is available on iTunes, or you can listen to the podcast with the link, below. David's chatter about the SWF is at the end.

Thanks again, David!

http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/gabfest/2016/12/trump_s_cabinet_picks_pizzagate_and_the_electoral_college_on_the_political.html
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Update 5
Posted by Maryanne Knight
4 months ago
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A couple of people have mentioned hearing about our campaign on Gabfest. Can anyone provide more details on this source? I would like to thank them for their support. Thanks, Maryanne
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Update 4
Posted by Maryanne Knight
4 months ago
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All technical issues have been resolved, and the site is taking donations once again. Thank you all for your support during this challenging time.
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Tom Shearer
4 months ago

Here is a link to the Gabfest podcast. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slates-political-gabfest/id158004641?mt=2&i=378746967

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Heather Funk-Clark
5 months ago

Hello- with members of the community, my husband is coordinating a spaghetti benefit dinner and dance for the Knight's. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a live and Chinese auction, dinner and dancing. Join us 11/19 at the Moose Club in a Williamstown- doors open at 3pm

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$9,825 of $100k goal

Raised by 57 people in 6 months
Created October 29, 2016
Maryanne Knight  
on behalf of Will and Terry Knight
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$25
Leif Everly
1 month ago

Heard about this on the Slate Political Gabfest..hope to be able to visit it sometime.

$20
Debbie Woolf
2 months ago

❤️

KM
$20
Kelli Mullin
2 months ago

Heard about this on the Slate Gabfest podcast.

NO
$5
Nina O'Connell
2 months ago
LG
$10
Lara Grauerholz-Fisher
3 months ago

I never got to visit the Spider Farm but I read about it a lot on your website and my friends and I talked a lot about how we wanted to visit if we ever found ourselves in Vermont. I wish the best to you, the spiders, and your art.

$20
Anonymous
3 months ago
$25
Anonymous
4 months ago
$100
Chris Newell
4 months ago
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$100
Patrick Moffitt
4 months ago

We have such happy memories of our visit to the farm and Mr Wright's patience and generosity with our daughters

TC
$20
Tom Chisena
4 months ago
Tom Shearer
4 months ago

Here is a link to the Gabfest podcast. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slates-political-gabfest/id158004641?mt=2&i=378746967

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Heather Funk-Clark
5 months ago

Hello- with members of the community, my husband is coordinating a spaghetti benefit dinner and dance for the Knight's. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a live and Chinese auction, dinner and dancing. Join us 11/19 at the Moose Club in a Williamstown- doors open at 3pm

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