Kipling in Vermont

Kipling's Vermont house, Naulakha, was restored in the 1990s by the Landmark Trust.

Credit: Landmark Trust USA

It might come as something of a surprise, but Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book was composed in a place that bore no resemblance whatsoever to the jungle home of young Mowgli and Baloo the bear: rural Vermont.


After getting married in 1892, Kipling left England and moved to Dummerston, near the town of Brattleboro, and erected a large Shingle-style house that he called Naulakha. With its views of the Wantastiquet Mountains and the pleasant surrounding valleys, the house provided solitude and privacy, allowing Kipling to write such works as Captains Courageous and The Jungle Book. Kipling, that great chronicler of the British Raj, eventually returned to England in 1896 (10 years before winning the Nobel Prize for Literature), but Naulakha retains the author's spirit as well as many of his period furnishings.


In the early 1990s, the Landmark Trust USA (modeled after the Landmark Trust of Britain) restored the house and now rents it out for holiday bookings. See their site for more information.

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Submitted by Anonymous at: January 12, 2010

Submitted by TaxiManSteve at: December 23, 2009
I have submitted a bill to the NH House (NH "owns" the Connecticut River) to name a historic truss bridge that crosses the Connecticut River into Brattleboro, Vt for Kipling... This span was not there during his stay, but a similar span, felled by flood water and ice was. Kipling did involve himself in Brattleboro politics by opposing trolley lines which he feared would ruin the rural qualities of the outlying regions...It is my feeling that naming the bridge for him will enhance the region's literary and cultural tourism as well as the preservation of this Landmark Trust house. Rep. Steven Lindsey Ches-3 Keene, NH