Haskell Opera House
Derby Line, VT. is well known for the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, which was built on the international border of the USA and Canada, and opened in 1904. The donors were a couple who ironically enough, both came from different sides of the border. Carlos F. Haskell was a local American businessman who owned a number of sawmills, while Martha Stewart Haskell was Canadian. Their dream was that people on both sides of the border would have use of the facility, which is now a designated historic site.
A full schedule of shows is held in the opera house each season, from the spring through the fall. For over ten years now, Queen of the Northeast Kingdom Productions (QNEK) has been the International Theatre Company in Residence at the Haskell. QNEK’s founder and artistic director, Lynn Leimer, is in charge of QNEK performances. In 2008, she was also hired to be theatre manager of the Haskell Opera House.
Today, the Haskell Free Library and Opera House is both an important local institution and a tourist attraction. It is a cultural gem, recognized far and wide as something unique, something to be treasured.