Trillium Hollow Cohousing began as a group of committed people at a time when there were few cohousing models available. The 12 founders of the community borrowed against their assets and mortgaged their homes to make this dream happen. All but one was over age 60 when they took out the mortgage to buy this property.
In July of 1994, a notice was posted at the Unitarian Fellowship for folks interested in living in cohousing. That was the start.
Two years later, April 1, 1996, we closed on our new property.
From one of our founders, Joan: That evening we all went to T.H., bringing candles, wine, etc., and chairs.. We sat in a circle in the great room and grinned at each other. I can’t quite describe it, but my eyes fill as I write it.
We held meetings and symposia to find new members. We hired a cohousing consultant and talked with architects, engineers and contractors. We went through three completely different design plans, lost our first contractor, attempted to integrate the dreams and visions of a dozen people and learned more than we ever expected about site requirements and watershed protection.
We moved in during the summer of 1998.
From Joan: We felt like we were back in college, or summer camp, whatever, but it was one helluva honeymoon.
Today Trillium Hollow is a thriving, multigenerational community with residents ages 3 to 90+ (and every decade in-between). We work together, celebrate together, resolve conflicts with each other and sometimes we mourn together.
From Joan again: Trillium Hollow will always be made up of all of us who ever lived here.
We honor our founders each April. Without their leap of faith, their imagination and their dedication, none of us would be enjoying the remarkable benefits of this beautiful and amazing community.