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The beauty of the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts has always left visitors groping for superlatives, and the town of Northampton—once dubbed "The Athens of the Connecticut Valley"—has lately experienced a renaissance. Interest in the city has only risen through the years, and an assessment of its prominence throughout history easily explains its consistent attraction. From its settling in 1654 to the present, Northampton has been a hotbed of activity, idealism, growth, and change. Walking the streets of Northampton at different times were revolutionaries like Daniel Shays, patriots like Joseph Hawley, religious visionaries like Jonathan Edwards, idealists like the members of the utopian community in Florence, and governors like Caleb Strong and future president Calvin Coolidge. Notables like Sojourner Truth, Alexander Graham Bell, and President Franklin Pierce came and left, but their influences have remained.
ISBN: 9780738546438
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
With Northampton, historian James M. Parsons presents a comprehensive look at the history of his hometown from the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries through a remarkable series of vintage images. Photographs from the collections of Forbes Library, Historic Northampton, and the Florence Civic and Business Museum have been combined with generous donations from private individuals to comprise this marvelous new photographic history, which will surely be treasured by generations to come.
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