The Why is a former residence that has been converted into an art studio, gallery, incubator and is part of the Camp Meade campus. We have space for 2d & 3d art, and performances inside and out.
The creative hub of the revitalization and rebirth of Camp Meade and Middlesex Village!
Camp Meade sits on the banks of the Winooski River overlooking the Middlesex Hydroelectric dam and just upstream of the confluence with the Mad River. First Nation people have lived in the Middlesex area prior to the arrival of Europeans. Middlesex was the first town settled in Washington County and Thomas Meade was the first British settler in 1783.
Camp Meade was a historic Civilian Conservation Corps work camp in the 1930’s. The 110 CCC Company, Veterans Contingent were known as the Monarchs of Middlesex. Many public works projects were built by these men and women, including the flood control projects of Waterbury dam and reservoir and Wrightsville dam and reservoir.
Camp Meade is presently the home to Red Hen Bakery and Café, The Mud Pottery Studio and Sculpture Gallery, Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft, and the Why Art House and Thinker Space.