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Lake Nonotuck: 1908

Lake Nonotuck: 1908

Circa 1908. "Lake Nonotuck boathouse, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass." Two girls in a rowboat, probably talking about you. View full size.

 

Grandma!

My grandmother was Mt Holyoke, '08. She's not one of the girls pictured, but I'm sure she knew them and they knew her. It's a beautiful campus.

Or....

They may be playing hide & seek with the four people in the canoe across the lake....

Older Pic of boathouse

from 1879. Plus aerial view today. Boathouse should have been on the road on the right side of the lake were the lake gets narrow.

So where was it?

"Lake Nonotuck" is nowhere to be found today. Chances are it's an old moniker for one of the two small lakes adjacent to the campus that today are known simply as Upper Pond and Lower Pond. More likely the former, as Lower Pond has a rectangular shape that doesn't really match this picture.

Coincidentally, Mt. Holyoke recently opened a massive new boathouse on the Connecticut River about a mile from campus.

 
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