rockbound farms of the hilltowns of
Massachusetts and the fertile bottom
lands of the Connecticut River Valley
were the genesis of Mary Lyon, the
source of her strength and inspiration,
and the place in which she set her
enduring institution.” (5)
northbound along College Street in
South Hadley, the serene images of
tree lined streets, the gentle rolling
hills, and the beauty of the Mount
Holyoke Campus evoke a sense of awe
in those who pass. This quaint American
town has evolved from its’ humble
beginnings as a farming village to
that of a remarkable and beautiful
community which cherishes its rich
history. The presence of Mount Holyoke
College as an institution of higher
education for women has played a significant
role in the development and integrity
of the town.
From the single parcel of land secured for the original seminary in 1835, the
college has since become the largest land owner (currently possessing 109 properties
of varying sizes), tax payer, and employer within the town (6).
In the past 166 years, the changes to the campus have been nothing short of remarkable.
The changes to the
community itself, reflects their willingness to grow along with the college and
provide both temporary and permanent homes for the thousands of students who
have accepted the opportunity to experience Mary Lyons vision, and the faculty
and staff who maintain the academic excellence, the business concerns, and the
operational needs of the College.
More early maps of South Hadley & Mount Holyoke College Campus.