If present-day Northampton were to choose its monument, it might well be a bank of solar panels flanked by a long row of recycling bins, with bicycles rampant here and there. But when you actually drive along our main drag, Route 9, your eye will pretty immediately be engaged by two structures from another era entirely!
This is our town hall. Granted it’s made of concrete instead of stones and mortar; it still looks a whole lot like a castle wanna-be to me.
And here’s the oldest building on the campus of Smith College, poised on a small knoll for maximum effect. Red brick College Gothic, and very handsome it is, too. There’s a big up-to-the-minute science hall right around the corner and down the street, with rooftop gardens and labs of all kinds and every ecological advance built in. But it’s the castle that greets you first —-
We’re a funky town here in Northampton, with a vast variety of inhabitants to match. It would be pleasing to think that we might manage to muster up a couple of knights in armor, along with a damsel in or out of distress and maybe even a dragon or two!