Back through the Years
Mountain Day 1898 (MHC Archives and Special Collections)
class of 1841, recorded her experience of the College's
first Mountain Day in the fall of 1838. Below are excerpts from
"The sun had just merged above the eastern hills, tingeing their
tops with his ruddy rays while every blade of grass glistened with
tears of dew as if overjoyed at his approach, when ten or twelve
carriages stopped before the door."
(MHC Archives and Special Collections)
Soon, she continued,
the carriages were "filled and a large
party set out on a long anticipated ride to Mount Holyoke." The
carriages discharged passengers at the base of the mountain,
and the party ascended on foot.
"The path was
steep and rugged, in some places almost perpendicular
and [in] others like a winding flight of stairs…. When
we had gained the summit, a cooling breeze swept over the mountain,
and fanned our heated brows."
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