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Overview: A popular tourist destination during the post-Civil War years, the Mountain House hotel was built on the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain, in South Deerfield, Mass., by Granville Wardwell in 1864 on property owned by his father-in-law Dwight Jewett. Positioned near the southern end of the mountain, the hotel provided tourists with a stunning panoramic vista of the Connecticut River Valley.

This small collection consists of three scenic cartes de visite from a larger series featuring views from the Mountain House. The images include No. 6, a view of five persons perched on the southeast promontory of Sugar Loaf with a view to the northeast across the Connecticut River to Mt. Toby; No. 10, Mountain House with a group of nine men and women posed on the lawn with telescope and tripod; No. 18, view of barns at the southern base of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Mountain House Photograph Collection

ca.1865
3 cartes de visite (0.1 linear foot)
Call no.: MS 042
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Background on Mountain House

A popular tourist destination during the post-Civil War years, the Mountain House hotel was built on the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain, in South Deerfield, Mass., by Granville Wardwell in 1864 on property owned by his father-in-law Dwight Jewett. Positioned near the southern end of the mountain, the hotel provided tourists with a stunning panoramic vista of the Connecticut River Valley.

Wardwell (1937-1920), a native of Vergennes, Vt., remained an hotelier into the early 1870s, later moving to Winchester, N.H.

Contents of Collection

This small collection consists of three scenic cartes de visite from a larger series featuring views from the Mountain House. The images include No. 6, a view of five persons perched on the southeast promontory of Sugar Loaf with a view to the northeast across the Connecticut River to Mt. Toby; No. 10, Mountain House with a group of nine men and women posed on the lawn with telescope and tripod; No. 18, view of barns at the southern base of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Collection inventory
Five persons perched on the southeast promontory of Sugar Loaf with a view to the northeast across the Connecticut River to Mt. Toby
ca.1865
Carte de visite

On Verso: Views From and Of The Mountain House, Summit of Sugar-Loaf Mountain, South Deerfield, Mass. G. Wardwell, Proprietor. No. 6."

Tourists atop southeast promontory of Sugar Loaf
Tourists atop southeast promontory of Sugar Loaf, verso
Mountain House with nine men and women posed on the lawn, with telescope and tripod
ca.1865
Carte de visite

On Verso: Views From and Of The Mountain House, Summit of Sugar-Loaf Mountain, South Deerfield, Mass. G. Wardwell, Proprietor. No. 10."

Mountain House with nine men and women posed on the lawn, with telescope and tripod
Mountain House with nine men and women posed on the lawn, with telescope and tripod, verso
Barns at the southern base of Sugar Loaf Mountain, South Deerfield.
ca.1865
Carte de visite

On Verso: Views From and Of The Mountain House, Summit of Sugar-Loaf Mountain, South Deerfield, Mass. G. Wardwell, Proprietor. No. 18."

Barns at the southern base of Sugar Loaf Mountain, South Deerfield
Barns at the southern base of Sugar Loaf Mountain, South Deerfield, verso

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English

Provenance

Provenance unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Feb. 2013.

Digitized content

Digitized versions of the images in this collection have been added to SCUA's online repository, Credo.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Mountain House Photograph Collection (PH 042). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Barns--Massachusetts--Photographs.
  • Connecticut River Valley (Mass.)--Photographs.
  • Hotels--Massachusetts--Photographs.
  • South Deerfield (Mass.)--Photographs.
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain (Mass.)--Photographs.
  • Telescopes--Photographs.
  • Tourists--Massachusetts--Photographs.

Names

  • Wardwell, Granville

Genre terms

  • Photographs.