Lake Pleasant (Mass.) Collection, 1841-1876

MS 914

7 images (0.1 linear feet)

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Overview

One of five villages comprising the western Massachusetts town of Montague, Lake Pleasant was founded by the New England Spiritualist Campmeeting Association in 1870 as a rustic summer resort. Formally incorporated in 1879 under the guidance of Henry A. Buddington and Joseph Beals, Lake Pleasant grew into a community of nearly 200 small cottages, hotels, train station, and a Spiritualist temple on the edge of a serene lake, with a high-season population approaching 2,000. The village began a slow decline in fortunes after a disastrous fire in 1907, but retains its small cottage feel to the present.

The collection includes an assortment of materials relating to the history of Lake Pleasant, including over forty 8 x 10 glass plate negatives taken by local photographer George L. Scott (ca.1900-1907), other assorted photographs (ca.1885-1905), deeds to village properties, publications, and materials relating to the Lake Pleasant Water Commission. The collection also includes a handful of other images taken by Scott from elsewhere in Franklin County.

Organization of Collection

  • Series 1. Property information, 1897-1964
  • Series 2. Water Supply, 1897-1964
  • Series 3. Photographs, 1900-1907

Collection Details

Language

English

Location

Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries

Information on Use

Restrictions on Access
The collection is open for research.
Independent Order of Scalpers club, ca.1900
Independent Order of Scalpers club, ca.1900