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#WindowForToday – Mary Lyon’s ‘winter school’ in Buckland, MA. As per Bill Horsley, Historic Springfield and Pioneer Valley, his photo here shows the third floor of a house built in 1818 for Major Joseph Griswold, the son of an American Revolutionary War soldier. “The Federal-style house, designed by Asher Benjamin is a large brick structure, three stories tall, with four chimneys. The house was a center of the town’s social scene, with Griswold opening the third floor ballroom for public events. Between 1824 and 1829, Griswold allowed Buckland native Mary Lyon to establish a school for women in that space. She used it until 1829, and thereafter began to seek larger facilities to meet demand. This resulted in the 1837 establishment of what is now Mount Holyoke College.”

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