So far from but so near to industry

  The Main Quad at Amherst College, Amherst, Mass.

The Main Quad at Amherst College, Amherst, Mass.

"Life, {my mother} felt, should be everywhere as it was in Amherst, where poverty was an accident and great fortunes unknown. We lived so far from industry that we didn't know the industrial revolution had happened. Yet within a few miles of us were the manufacturing towns of Holyoke, Chicopee and Springfield.''

-- From "A Footnote to Folly'' (1935), by Mary Heaton Vorse.