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Florence and thence to Northampton. Shown
on the Northampton and Easthampton map.
Two railroad crossino:s.



No. 28.

TO EASTHAMPTON WITHOUT CROSS-
ING THE RAILROAD.

Drive through West street to the top of Hos-
pital Hill, turn to the left just after passing the
Hospital gate, then keep the direct road past
the ice house to the top of the next hill, then
bear to the left and keep the direct road to
Easthampton. This is a little longer drive
than the direct road in No. 11, but there are
finer views and no railroad crossings. The re-
verse of drive No. 25. Shown on the North-
ampton and Easthampton map. Four and
one half miles each way.



No. 28 1-2.



TO EASTHAMPTON RETURNING BY
WILLISTON MILLS.

Drive to Easthampton as in No. 11. After
crossing the bridge and ascending the hill in
Easthampton, bear to the left into Pleasant
street, and then keep the direct road ; 3^ou will
cross the Manhan river and the railroad and
then take the first right hand road ; at the next
division in the road where stands a house, bear
to the left to Northampton through the mead-
ows. Nine miles. Four railroad crossings.



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No. 29.

PARK HILL DRIVE.

Drive to Pine Grove scliool house as in
No. 1 ; at this point take the Park Hill road
as described in No. 1 ; follow it until you
reach the large house and barn on the right at
the top of the hill (see "E. Searle" on North-
ampton and Easthampton map). At this point
you get a very fine view of Pomeroy mountain
and the Manhan river valley. Turn here to
the left or go on to the next road to the left be-
fore turning ; follow either of these roads about
one and one-half miles and after passing a
School house you enter the road from South-
ampton to Easthampton, on the west side of
the Manhan river, called West street on the
map ; turn here to the left and after driving a
little less than a mile, you enter the direct road
from Easthampton to Northampton near a
large bridge, here turn to left to Northampton.
A favorite drive of mine. Shown on the
Northampton and Easthampton map. Ten
and one-half miles ; railroad crossings on re-
turn drive.



JVb. 30.

THIRTEEN MILES DRIVE.

Drive as in No. 29, to the house at the top of
Park Hill and instead of turning to the left as in
No. 29, keep the straight road until you are
obliged to turn ; then turn to the left, and after
driving half a mile turn to the right (the first
road to theright after the last turn). Follow
this road a little less than a mile until it divides,
then turn to the left and cross a bridge into Loud-
ville ; turn here to the right and pass through
Loudville (take no road to the left) to Kings-
ley's bridge (described in No. 4); turn to the



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right, cross tliis bridge, and yon are on the di-^
rect road to Northampton. Shown on the
Northampton andEasthamptonmap, No rail-
road crossing.



No. 31.

EIGHT AND ONE-HALF MILES DRIVE.

Drive over Park Hill, as in No. 30, nntil yon
are obliged to turn, then tni'n to the right, drive
three-quarters of a mile and take the fii'st road
to the right to Northampton. Shown on the
Northampton and Easthampton map. No
railroad crossing.



No. 33.

NINE MILES DRIVE.

Drive as in No 81, and instead of making the
last turn to the right, keep the straight road to
West Farms ; here turn to the right (described
in No. 3), and come home through F'lorence.
Shown on the Northam})ton and Easthampton
map. No railroad crossing.



No. 33.

FOURTEEN MILES DRIVE.

Drive as in No. 32, and instead of turning
to the right at West Farms, keep the straight
road to Roberts Meadow, then turn to the right
and come home through Florence. Shown on
the Northampton and Eastliampton map. No
railroad crossino;.



No. 34.

TWELVE AND ONE-HALF MILES
DRIVE.

Drive over Park Hill until you are obliged to
turn ; then turn to the left, then after driving
half a mile and passing one road to your left,



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turn to the left (instead of the right as in
No. 30), at the top of the hill. This will
take you into Easthampton at the cemetery,
then turn to the left to Easthampton center
and Northampton. Or, a short distance before
crossing the river into Easthampton, turn to
the left at a large red house on the hill, and
you will soon reach the direct road from East-
hampton to Northampton. Shown on the
Northampton and Easthampton map. Rail-
road crossings on the return drive from East-
hampton.



No. Sii.
SEVENTEEN MILES DRIVE.

Drive as in No. 30, over Park Hill until
you are obliged to turn ; turn here to the
left, then keep the direct road for half a mile
and you will descend a hill into the village of
Glendale. Cross the Manlian river and take
the first right hand road about a mile from the
river. Turn again into the first right hand road
about half a mile further on, and after a short
distance turn again to the right into a road
little travelled (take no road to the left) and you
will, after driving a mile or more, pass the old
lead mines. Drive on through Loudville to
Kingsley's bridge and turn to the right, reach-
ing Northampton through West street. All but
the very southern part of this drive is shown on
the Northampton and Easthampton map, and
all of it is shown on the County map. No rail-
road crossing.



Ko. 36.

TWELVE MILES DRIVE.

Drive to South Hadley as in No. 10 ; re-
turn on the same road a short distance down
the hill, and take the first road to the right.
Drive until you turn to the left at the foot of
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Mt. Holyoke, pass around the end of the Hol-
yoke range, through the "pass of Thermopy-
lae" to the Hockanum ferry road, which turns
to the left at the hotel ; cross the ferry to
Northampton. All shown on the County map
by a red dotted line. The road is near the
railroad and crosses it several times in the first
four miles, and in Pleasant street on the re-
turn drive.



JV^o. 37.

FIFTEEN MILES DRIVE.

Drive as in INo. 36, to South Hadley and
Hockanum, and instead of crossing Hock-
anum ferry, keep the direct road up the
bank of the Connecticut river until you reach
Hadley street ; turn here to the left and you
are oq the "Bay road," which leads to North-
ampton. The last part of this drive, from
Hockanum ferry to the bridge over the Con-
necticut river, is shown on the Northampton
and Easthampton map, the road following the
east bank of the Connecticut river. Railroad
crossings as in No. 36.



MANASSAS GAP, or NOTCH DRIVE.

Drive to Hockanum Ferry and pass around
the southern end of the Mt. Holyoke range as
in No. 9, then instead of turning to the right,
keep the direct road for about two miles, and
take the second road to the left. This road is
a little indistinct on the County map, as it fol-
lows the black dotted boundary line between
South Hadley and Granby. Keep the direct
road which bears to the left (take no roads
leading to the right), and you will pass through
the Notch or Gap in the Mt. Holyoke range ;
after descending the mountain slope, turn to



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the left at the first road, which is the "Bay
road," thence to Northampton, Eighteen
miles. Railroad crossings in Northampton.
At the Conn, river bridge, on returning, you
are near the Central Mass. railroad.



NOTCH DRIVE, RETURN via AMHERST.
Drive as in No. 38, until you descend the
mountain slope ; then instead of turning to
tlie left, keep the direct road to Amherst,
thence to Northampton. Two railroad cross-
ings after leaving Northampton, and near the
railroad the last three miles. Eighteen miles.



JVbs. 40, 41, 42, 43.

BAY ROAD DRIVES.
The "Bay road," or the old stage road from
Northampton to Boston, affords delightful
drives. After crossing the bridge over the Con-
necticut river, take the first road to the right,
not many rods beyond the bridge. This road
crosses the lower part of Hadley streets, and
runs along at the foot of the Mt. Holyoke
range to Belchertown and the East. After
passing Hadley streets and crossing the bridge
at the pond, bear to the left, the road to the
right is discontinued. Shown by a red dotted
line on the County map. By an examination
of the County map it will be seen that you can
take the direct road to Hadley and Amherst,
which is intersected by four roads before you
reach Amherst, turn to the right at any of these,
as they all lead into the Bay road (if you turn
at the road just before reaching the railroad
crossing beyond Hadley, turn again to the right
at the next road). Only one of these roads
crosses the Bay road, and that is Middle street
in Hadley. At the Bay road turn to the right
to Northampton. Several railroad crossings.



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SEVENTEEN MILES DRIVE.

Drive to Amherst as in No. 8. At Aralierst
turn to the right, down Broadway past the
College buildings, and keep the direct road
south until you reach the Bay road, tiien turn
to the right to Northampton. Several railroad
crossings.

The road from Amherst south crosses the
Bay road at the foot of the Mt. Holyoke range
and passes through the Notch to South Hadley.



No. 45.

OVER MT. TOM RANGE.

Drive to Smiths Ferry as in No. 10, then,
instead of crossing the railroad keep on to the
south, down the river about three and one-half
miles ; then turn to the right at the road which
is the first road leading to the right after leav-
ing Smiths Ferry. Then keep the direct road
(take no roads leading to the left), which will
take you over the Mt. Tom range to Easthamp-
ton, thence to Northampton. Sixteen miles.

The mountain road is not difficult and the
variety of scenery — river, meadow and moun-
tain — makes the drive a veiy pleasant one.
Near a railroad for the first seven miles and on
the return drive. Shown plainly on the County
map and nearly all of it is on the Northampton
and Easthampton map. See No. 10.



Xo. 46.

T^A^ELVE MILES DRIVE.
Drive to Roberts Meadow as in No. 2 ; here
turn to the left and after driving about two
miles, turn to the left at the first road after
leaving Roberts Meadow (West Farms). A
few rods after turning, you cross a small bridge
and where the road divides, a short distance
beyond, turn to the left and come home through
Florence. Shown on the Northampton and
Easthampton map. No railroad crossing.



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No. 47.

THIRTEEN MILES DRIVE.

Drive as in No. 46, to West Farms ; then in-
stead of turning to the left, keep the direct
road past the Chapel, turning to the left at the
first road, and you will come home past Pine
Grove School House. Shown on the North-
ampton and Easthampton map. No railroad
crossino;.



No. 48.

ELEVEN MILES DRIVE.

Drive to Roberts Meadow as in No. 2 ; turn
here to the right and after driving about one
and one-half miles, turn to the right at the first
road after leaving Roberts Meadow, and you
will come home through Leeds and Florence.
Shown on the Northampton and Easthampton
map. No railroad crossing if you do not cross
the track at Leeds.



JSo. 49.

TEN MILES DRIVE.

Drive over Roberts Hill as in No. 2, and after
crossing the bridge at the foot of the hill, turn
at the first road to the right (before reaching
Roberts Meadow village). This road will take
you past the lower reservoir and home through
Leeds. Shown on the Northampton and East-
hampton map. No railroad crossing if you do
not cross the track at Leeds.



No. 50.

NORTH FARMS.



Drive to the end of Elm street ; at the water
tank bear to the right into North Elm street,
then keep the direct road, soon crossing the



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railroad ; soon after passing the Catholic cem-
etery on your right, bear to the left and keep
the direct road for about three-quarters of a
mile, to where the road divides ; here bear to the
right and you soon pass Florence cemetery on
your left. About one mile farther on you reach
North Farms, which consists of a dozen or more
houses on one street on the hillside. In return-
ing, at Florence cemetery bear to the left, and
at the Catholic cemetery bear to the right.
The road to the right at Florence cemetery will
take you to Florence. Five miles each way.
Shown plainly on the Northampton and East-
hampton map.

Or, drive to Florence hotel and turn to the
right into Maple street, then keep the direct
road, which is nearly straight to North Farms.
One railroad crossing each way.



]^o. 51.

SIX MILES DRIVE.

Drive as in No. 50, to where the road divides
three-quarters of a mile beyond the Catholic
cemetery ; turn here to the left, then keep the
straight road until you cross the railroad (see
"J. F. Warner" on the Northampton and
Easthampton map), turn here to the left and
come home through Florence.



No, 52.

EIGHT MILES DRIVE.

Drive as in No. 51, until you cross the rail-
road at "J. F. Warner's;" turn here to the
right, crossing the railroad again within a few
rods, then after going half a mile, pass un-
der the railroad, bearing to the left where any
roads lead to the right. After crossing a high
bridge, bear to the left to Florence and North-
ampton.



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No. S3.

CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN.

Drive to North Farms as in No. 50, keep on
over the hill to the foot of the hill where the
road divides ; bear here to the right (there is a
dwelling house at the left) go on about one mile
through Mountain street and turn to the right
at the first road (the road crosses where the red
dotted line begins on the County map). A
short distance after turning into this road you
enter the w^oods, and after going about one-
third of a mile, and shortly after you begin to
descend, take the first road to the left. It is
grass grown, and it is necessary to keep a look-
out or you will pass it. The ascent soon be-
gins, and a drive of a short distance brings you
to the summit of Chestnut mountain or hill ;
elevation 700 feet. I have marked this place
on the County map by the letter C in red ink,
in the southern part of Whately. The view
from this place amply repays you for the
trouble of reaching it. It is the finest view
that I know of from any point of so slight an
elevation. From one point on this hill I have
counted sixteen villages — Whately, Sunder-
land, Amherst, No. Amherst, So. Amherst,
Belchertown, Shutesbury, Pel ham, Hadley,
No. Hadley, So. Hadley, Hatfield, No. Hatfield,
Northampton, Florence and Easthampton.

Return by the grass grown road on which you
came, to the foot of the hill ; turn here to the
left (east), pass through the woods about two
miles, and a few rods before you reach a small
bridge, turn to the right. Go on through the
woods about two miles farther until you cross
the bridge over "Loch Malley" (the road is
shown on the County map in the western part
of Hatfield), and then a short drive brings you
into the road from Northampton to Whately,
a short distance above the Camp Meeting
grounds ; turn to the right to Northampton.
Fifteen miles.



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Or, in returning, instead of turning to the
right just before crossing the small bridge re-
ferred to. cross the bridge and keep the direct
road, which will take you into the road from
Northampton to Whately ; turn to the right to
Northampton. No railroad crossings except
within two miles of Northampton. The dis-
tance is about the same.



Ko. 54.

SIXTEEN MILES DRIVE.

Drive as in No. 53, to the top of Chestnut
mountain ; then instead of returning the same
way that you ascended, keep the straight road
over the hill and down the north side ; turn to
the right just at the foot of the hill just before
crossing the bridge. This road will take you
into the road from Northampton to Whately at
Westbrook. Turn to the right to Northampton
at the foot of the hill below the mill. See re-
marks after No. 56. Railroads as in No. 53.



No. 5.5.

SIXTEEN MILES DRIVE.

Drive as in No. 54, over Chestnut hill, and
at the foot of tlie hill cross the bridge and turn
to the left ; after this, keep the direct road,
bearing to the left where any roads lead to the
right until you reach Mountain street, and yon
will come home through Mountain street and
North Farms. See remarks after No. 66. One
railroad crossing each way.



Mo. S6.

SEVENTEEN MILES DRIVE.

Drive as in No. 55, over Chestnut hill, and
after you cross the bridge at the foot of tlie
hill, take the first road to the right and a drive
of one mile brings you to Whately center. An



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exceedingly fine view of the Connecticut river
valley is obtained from tlie hill as you descend
to Whately center. At Whately turn to the
right to Northampton, Railroads as in No. 53.

The drive down the north side of Chestnut
hill is steep and difficult, and no one should at-
tempt it unless he is a good driver and knows
his horse. This applies to the last three drives.
If you wish to take the drives No. 54 and 50,
from the north side of Chestnut hill without
passing over the hill, that side of the hill can
be reached by reversing drive No. 55, i. e. drive
through North Farms and Mountain street as
in No. 53, but instead of turning to the right
as in No. 63, keep the direct road, taking none
of the several roads which lead to the left, pass
down a hill, cross a brook, bear to the right
and you soon come to the junction of roads
close by the bridge, on the north side of Chest-
nut mountain.

Or, you can reach the north side of Chestnut
mountain by taking the Whately drive (No. 6)
as far as Westbrook. After crossing a bridge,
turn to the left, ascend the hill, pass the mill
(there is a fine water-fall here), keeping the di-
rect road, and after crossing two more bridges,
you will come to the junction of roads as above.

Study these roads in Whately, all plainly
shown on the County map, for no finer drives,
no better or more shady roads, can be found
than those around Chestnut mountain, West
Whately and Westbrook.



JVo. .'>7.

SIX MILES DRIVE.

Drive to the top of Hospital Hill ; just after
passing the gate to the Hospital grounds, turn
to the right, then keep the direct road over the
next hill and across the flat beyond; at the top
of another small hill the road divides, turn to
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the left and again to the left at the first road,
and a drive of half a mile brings you to Pine
Grove school house ; turn here to the left to
Northampton. No railroad crossing.



No. 58.

SIX MILES DRIVE.



Drive as in No. 57, to the top of the second
hill beyond the Hospital where the road divides,
turn to the right and come home through Flor-



ence. No railroad crossing.



No. .TO.

TEN MILES DRIVE.
Drive as in No. 57, to Pine Grove school
house, and instead of turning to the left, keep
on in the straight road to Easthampton, and
return by the lower road. Railroad crossings
on the return drive from Easthampton.



FOURTEEN MILES DRIVE.
Drive as in No, 57, to Pine Grove school
house, and then take the Park Hill drive from
this point as in No. 29. Railroad crossings on
the return drive.



No. 01.

TO SOUTHAMPTON.

Drive to Easthampton as in No. 28 ; pass
through tlie Main street, and at the Stone Li-
brary building turn to the right, then keep the
direct road. Sliown plainly by a red dotted
line on the County map. This is a very pleas-
ant drive, no unsightly views, few hills and
those small, and no railroad crossing. Nine
miles each way. If you drive to Easthampton
as in No. 11, you save half a mile, but cross
the railroad.



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JVo. 62.

TO SOUTHAMPTON.

Drive as in No. 11 or 28, until within a few
rods of the bridge over the Manhan river, just
before reaching Easthampton ; turn here to the
right, then keep the direct road. Eight and
one- half miles each way.



JVo. 63.

TO SOUTHAMPTON.

Drive to Southampton as in No. 61, and re-
turn by No, 62. To do this, in returning from
Southampton, tarn to the left at the cemetery.
Seventeen and one-half miles.



No. 64.

FOURTEEN MILES DRIVE.

Drive as in No, 85, to the village of Glendale,
cross the river and take the first road to the
left, which is about three quarters of a mile
from the river ; turn again to the left at the
first road (the right leads to Southampton), and
the direct road will take you through West
street, on the north side of Manhan river, to
Easthampton bridge, thence to Northampton.
Railroad crossings on return drive.



No. 65.

TO KIDD'S LOOKOUT.

Drive to Roberts Meadow as in No. 2 ; then
keep the direct road (take no roads to the left)
for about four miles, and when you reach the
top of a long hill; the highest part of the road,
turn to tlie left into the woods at a grass grown
road. After driving one- third of a mile on
this road, you reach the summit of the hill.
The road you have taken, before turning into
the woods, is the old road to Chesterfield



(shown on the County map by ared dotted line
beginning at Roberts Meadow) and is a fine
road and a beautiful drive. The last mile be-
fore turning into the woods, is a long hill, but
the road is very good, I have located Kidd's
Lookout on the County map by the letter K in
red ink.

The afternoon is the best time to get the view
from this hill. There is little to be seen to the
west, but the view to the east and south is very
fine. You are at an elevation of 1400 feet, or
450 feet higher than Mt. Holyoke and Mt.
Nonotuck, which you overlook. No railroad
crossing. Ten miles each way.



No. 66.

AROUND HANGING MOUNTAIN.

Drive as in No. 65, to the first road leading
to the left, north of Hanging Mountain (shown
on the County map). This road, which is with-
in a mile of Kidd's Lookout, descends a little to
a bridge ; after crossing the bridge you will
ascend for some distance and take the first road
to the left (partly grass grown) and kee*! to the
left. You will soon pass a reservoir, a beauti-
ful sheet of water, with a picturesque old mill at
the outlet. Keep the direct road now, and after
going one mile and one-quarter (you will hnd
an abundance of laurel on this road), turn to
the left, at the first road after passing the res-
ervoir, and you soon pass a house on your left.
A few rods beyond this house the road divides ;
here turn and look back into the valley below
you and see the finest water-fall in this region.
At this division of the roads, keep the direct
road (the road to your right leads down the
hill to Westhampton center, and the road to
your left leads to Roberts Meadow) which will
take you to Kingsley's bridge near Loudville
(No. 4). Cross the bridge and you are on the



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direct road to Nortlianipton. A good road all
of the way with the exception of three miles
northwest of Hanging Mountain, and that is
fair. The whole line is shown on the County
map. Twenty miles. No railroad crossings.



Ko. 67.

CANADA HILL— ROCKING STONE.

Drive to Kingsley's bridge (No. 4), cross the
bridge and turn to the right ; you will soon
cross a stream, pass one road to the right, cross
the stream again and come to a division in the
road ; bear here to the right, and cross the
stream again. Now keep the direct road, pass-
ing several roads to both the right and the left.
After passing a house on your right and one
road to the right beyond it, you will cross the
stream twice, and, as you enter another road,
turn to the right. Keep the direct road, which,
bears a little to the left (take no roads to the
right) until you reach a school house and sev-
eral houses ; turn to the left at the school
house into a lane. You will have to inquire
here just the location of the rocking stone,
which is near. Twenty -four miles. No rail-
road crossings.



No. 68.

POMEROY'S MOUNTAIN.

Drive to Kingsley's bridge as in No. 4, then
keep the direct road up the hill one and one-
half miles to a school house on your right ;
turn here to the left and drive one and one.-
quarter miles to the first road to the right, at
the foot of a sharp descent ; turn here, and af-
ter driving a little over half a mile, turn to the
left into a lane, at the end of which are two
gates. Pass through the one to the left. From
here the road can be easily followed to the



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summit. There are no very steep places in this
road, but a gradual ascent all of the way from
Northampton, and you must take time for it.
Plainly shown on the County map. The road
does not now run over the mountain as shown
on the map, but only up the northern side.
Elevation 1,233 feet. The summit of tliis moun-
tain is covered with small timber. A tower has
been built, from which an uninterrupted view
can be had, No railroad crossings.



2fo. 69.

HIGH RIDGE.

Drive to Haydenville as in No. 13 ; then
keep the straight road past the Brass Works
for about one mile to the Williamsburg depot,
instead of keeping the most travelled road
which bears to the left to Williamsburg center,


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