Elizabeth Brouha, a lifetime member of the Council, founded Burklyn in 1971 to focus attention on a local landmark, Burklyn Hall. Burklyn Hall, a 35 room mansion with panoramic views of two sweeping valleys, had been the 1908 creation of New York hotel owner Elmer Darling who owned and operated a farm on the ridge where his mansion was built and from which he supplied his hotel’s dining rooms with Vermont dairy products. In the 1950’s, Mrs. Brouha had discovered a junior conservatory being held during the summer months in one of the Burklyn barns. An artist herself, she understood the value of arts in education and development of young minds, dedicated herself to ensuring that Northeast Kingdom youngsters have at least some of the benefits she had enjoyed growing up in Belgium.