East Corinth is a small village in the center of Orange County, Vermont. King George III granted its charter back in 1764, giving the place a long history of active settlement. For decades, the village has been popular among landscape photographers as a fall foliage destination. Although some of the higher vantage points are now obstructed by overgrown trees, it still remains a photogenic village with great potential.
The village is perhaps best known for its brief encounter with Hollywood. This is where the outdoor scenes for the comedy fantasy film, Beetlejuice (1988), were filmed. The movie was directed by Tim Burtin, and starred the likes of Geena Davis, Alex Baldwin, and Michael Keaton.
BEST TIME TO PHOTOGRAPH
The best time to photograph East Corinth is at the peak of fall foliage, when the trees along the hills are painted in hues of yellow, orange, and red. I’ve also photographed it under a coat of fresh snow in the heart of winter, when reaching the overlook requires a pair of snowshoes and good stamina!
I suggest that you monitor the Vermont Fall Foliage Reports before deciding on the best autumn day to make the journey to East Corinth, since peak foliage varies from year to year.
I’ve photographed the village at both sunrise and sunset. Fall foliage is best near sunrise when the colors are most vibrant. The scene is backlit at sunset, which can also be dramatic if the sky turns colorful.
East Corinth is a short distance off VT-25, 9 miles northwest of Bradford and I-91. From I-91 N, take exit 16 in Bradford for VT-25 N. Drive 8 miles on VT-25 N and turn right onto Village Road in East Corinth. Continue 1 more mile to arrive at the Old Masonic Hall on your right. The building resembles an old schoolhouse with a semi-circular driveway. In fact, it did serve as a schoolhouse in the 1986 movie, Beetlejuice.
Park at the Old Masonic Hall — all services are closed at sunrise and sunset anyway. Then, begin hiking toward the top of the hill behind the Masonic Hall, keeping to the right side of the building. Cross the farmer fence to your right whenever possible and move into the adjacent field. As you approach the tree-line and overlook, start looking for a composition of the town below, keeping the white-steeple church as a center of interest.
These are working fields, so do watch out for farm animals. The last time I was here, there were no cows in the field but farming schedules can vary, so be prepared to adjust your tripod location accordingly.
There are small rivulets under the brush in the field behind the Town Office, so listen for the sound of running water and watch your step. I always wear waterproof boot for the hike just in case I step in water. And the boots also prevent my feet from getting drenched while walking on the dew-covered grass.
This is private property so do remain respectful of the land, and enjoy the view!