June 6, 2019
Durham 150. Summer is here. Village Hearth is building. Lots going on. Only three homes left. Talk to us now.
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A 55+ intentional community for LGBTs, straight friends and allies

Good Weather Means Progress

After 92 days of rain delay, we finally had a nice break in the weather and were able to catch up on some of the site work. The work kicked up a lot of dust onto our new neighbors, so we brought in a water truck to sprinkle the site.  Our retention pond is just about completed with good soil compaction reports. In addition, the first three building pads are ready and waiting for concrete to be poured. 
We also want to apologize to our new neighbors for all our noise… but we’ve found more rock!  We are in the process of excavating that rock in order to connect to the sewer line on Buttonbush Road.  Once this connection is made, we can start laying the pipes for water and sewer.  

Dirt, dust, more dirt, and water

Further north on the land, we were able to complete the planned repair on the culvert in order to allow the stream to flow better under our back road and to support the heavy concrete trucks soon arriving. This is right next to a neighbor's lot, and he is very happy with the improvement. 

The culvert before

The culvert after

Going vertical soon. We can't wait!

Building our social relationships is as important as building our buildings. We have been told it is important to have at least the following agreements in place before move-in, and we have Circles* working on them.
  • General communication guidelines - making sure everyone is in the loop
  • Email communication guidelines
  • Decision-making processes, including how to revisit decisions
  • Pet policy
  • Rental policy
  • Community meals
  • Participation requirements
  • Conflict resolution processes
  • Design and architectural guidelines
  • Community facilities use guidelines

Tony, Margaret, and Eleanor enjoy a moment before the start of a Plenary Meeting.

There is a lot that goes into making cohousing work smoothly, and we believe we have a good start.

* Circle is the term used in Sociocracy for a committee.
We have three homes left. Learn more at and call Margaret at 
561-714-8009 or email Pat at 

A Gathering of Cohousers

What do you call a gathering of 550+ people from 35 states and 9 countries? Why it’s none other than the 2019 National Cohousing Conference in Portland Oregon. This year’s conference, with a motto of “Community for the Health of It” covered two days in June with two additional pre-conference days at the end of May.

Conference attendees gather for a keynote speaker.

The conference was organized into three different tracks: Build It (information for new and forming communities), Live It (information from those currently living in cohousing), and Sustain It (information to address challenges experienced by established communities).

Lyn was happy to talk with people about Village Hearth.

Village Hearth Cohousing was one of the Sponsors for this conference, and two Members of the community attended. When asked about their experience, Julia and Lyn agreed: “It was so much more than an information gathering opportunity. We met so many fellow cohousers – from those exploring the concept of cohousing, to others in the process of building, and even others who have been living in cohousing from 10 to 25 years. What a diversity of experiences to learn from!”  Both came away from the conference with lots of ideas for Village Hearth as well as new friends to further expand their own sense of community.

After all, it truly is Community for the Health of It.


a celebration of Durham's past and future

Read more about the celebration here.

Some of us have lived here for decades and some of us are moving here to live in Village Hearth. All of us are interested to learn more about this remarkable progressive city, full of innovation, culture, diversity, and wonderful people.

Durham as it used to be in the early 20th century. Get an overview of our history here.

Durham’s sesquicentennial, a yearlong celebration of the City of Durham’s 150th anniversary of incorporation, encourages Durhamites and visitors to explore themes of history, education, innovation and entrepreneurship, social equity and robust democracy, and arts and leisure.

Take a virtual tour of Durham here.

Throughout the 2019 calendar year, there will be more than 150 events and projects put in motion to make Durham a better, more equitable community in the future. From planting more trees to providing racial bias and sensitivity training, Durham 150’s messaging and activations will encourage open-source civic engagement. We’re proud to the ‘Tastiest Town in the South,’ but let’s make sure there’s food security for all. Let’s figure out how we can use resources more effectively and build trust in the community. Let’s work toward shared prosperity so the next generation thrives and continues to be a progressive, welcoming community.

Cohousing is all about community.


Meet & Greet with Site Visit 

Saturday, June 8, 2:30 p.m.

See who your future neighbors might be; after all, cohousing is all about the people! View the floor plans and color renderings of our new homes. Have a beverage or a bite to support this welcoming locally-owned restaurant. Then we’ll head on down the road to tour our land if the construction crews aren't working. Closed shoes and liability waiver are required for a site visit. 
Ricky’s NY Pizza, 5279 N Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27712

Other site visit times available by appointment. Email

PS: Ricky's makes good pizza. We should call it Meet & Greet & Eat.

Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall

Saturday, June 22, 8:00 p.m.

The Carolina Theatre of Durham
309 West Morgan St.
Durham, NC

The Common Woman Chorus (CWC) of Durham and the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus (TGMC) of Raleigh will present a monumental concert on June 22, 2019, entitled Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall. This event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall uprising, the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ+ movement for civil rights and the inspiration for the annual celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride.

CWC, TGMC and their special guests, the Triad Pride Men’s and Women’s Choruses, will perform the title music suite—a brand new, 8-movement work co-commissioned by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. In doing so, the four choruses will represent North Carolina as part of the largest collaboration of LGBTQ+ choruses in history. This work will be performed by more than 25 choruses nationwide this Spring. The program will feature additional songs of protest, liberation, and inspiration presented by both CWC and TGMC.

“Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall” not only commemorates the events that took place in New York City on June 28, 1969 but also honors the courage of early, social justice pioneers. The work encourages everyone to join in the renewed spirit of resistance for the future—not just for LGBTQ+ individuals, but for all victims of bullying, hate, intolerance, and violence.

A portion of the proceeds from Quiet No More will go to support the LGBT Center of Raleigh and the LGBTQ Center of Durham. Get tickets here.

Happy Hour

Beat the Monday Blues

Monday, June 24, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Sure; you can come out on a school night...Come hang out with the cool kids and find out what we’re all about! Raise a glass or have an early dinner. We want to meet YOU!

Carolina Ale House 
3911 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd 
Durham, 27707

INDY Week Best of the Triangle Bash 2019

Saturday, July 15, Noon - 4 p.m.

INDY Week is an award-winning alternative newspaper and one of the great things about Durham. Village Hearth will have a table at this event, and it looks like it will be a lot of fun. We hope to see you there. Learn more.

The Golden Belt was once a textile mill that has been transformed into a LEED-certified complex of apartments, galleries, art studios, event spaces, and more. A prime example of how historic architecture has been repurposed in Durham, the restored campus is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Links to Articles Posted to VHC’s Facebook Page

Each month, you’ll find articles of interest posted on our Facebook page. Here's a recent post. Just click the title to take you to the article.
The future of housing looks nothing like today’s
“I believe that if people connect to their neighbors, they’re going to get more connected to their town. If they’re more connected to their town, they’re connected to the government, to the state, and they’re more active,” she explains. “So when people don’t connect in their neighborhood, it really is the beginning of a much larger isolation from everything.”
To learn more about Village Hearth Cohousing, phone Margaret at 561-714-8009 or follow the links below.
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