The answer to this weeks trivia questions: The three towns that were vying to be the location of the Mount Holyoke Seminary were South Deerfield, Sunderland, and South Hadley (Green, 1979, p. 126).
South Hadley was chosen on the condition that the amount pledged to the seminary (from members of the towns) would be raised from $5,000 to $8,000 within 15 days. The $8,000 was reached, and the question was settled for good by the end of January 1835 (Green, 1979, pp. 125-6).
Aren’t you glad South Hadley won? Just think about trying to get to Northampton from South Deerfield via the PVTA…
FebruMary facts come from the book Mary Lyon and Mount Holyoke, Opening the Gates, by Elizabeth Alden Green.
Green, E. A. (1979). Mary Lyon and Mount Holyoke: Opening the gates. Hanover, N.H: University Press of New England.