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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 Excerpt: ...excellent granitequarries. Palmer (65 miles) is at the junction of the Boston & Albany with the New London Northern R. R., and has fine water-power which is extensively used for manufactories. Stations, Barretts Junction, at the crossing of the Springfield, Athol & Northeastern R. R., Belchertown (76 miles), and Amherst (85 miles). Just beyond Belchertown a fine view of the Connecticut Valley and Mt. Holyoke appears on the W. of the road. Amherst (Amherst House) is charmingly situated, and is noted for its college, its picturesque surroundings, and its refined and cultivated society. It is irregularly built upon a hill, commanding extensive views, and has a population of about 4,000. Grace Church (Episcopal) and the First Congregational are fine edifices. Amherst College was founded in 1821, and is one of the leading educational institutions of New England. Its buildings occupy an eminence on the S. side of the village, and command a prospect of exceeding beauty. The college collections in zoology, botany, geology, mineralogy, etc., are among the richest in the country, and are accessible to visitors. The Shepard cabinet of minerals is of immense value, and is said to be surpassed only by those of the British Museum and the Imperial Cabinet at Vienna; and the collection of 20,000 specimens of ancient tracks of birds, beasts, and reptiles in stone is without a rival. The Memorial Chapel is a fine building, and so are Walker and Williston Halls. The Massachusetts Agricultural College has extensive and handsome buildings about a mile N. of the village green, and possesses, besides other objects of interest, the Durfee Plant-House, containing many rare and beautiful plants. Founded in 1866, this institution has become the most successful agricultural sc...
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