Did you know that Mary became a bit of a celebrity as she went about founding Mount Holyoke?
“Travelling the road from Boston to Connecticut often, she could scarcely ride any ten miles of the route without being recognized by some fellow-traveler… All felt very well acquainted with her, as soon as they heard her name, and she would soon be invited to detail the progress of the enterprise. … She could make herself heard easily, although the road might be a little uneven, and would expatiate on the subject as freely as in her own parlor. She did not talk louder than many fashionably-dressed boarding-school girls do in public conveyances, the difference being that the latter inform the company of their own personal affairs, while she discussed the principles as enduring as the human race, and as vital to human welfare as they are enduring” (Green, 1979, p. 159)
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.