If Miss Emily’s house was owned by the town rather than Amherst College, a private entity, would there be a tad more controversy about whacking 200 trees around the Dickinson Homestead to improve the view and transport the vista back to the mid 1800’s?
After all, when the town decided to nuke a few crabapples in the downtown a couple years ago all Hell broke lose.
The Bully reported
Kelley Square (just down the road).
My Great, Great Grandfather Tom purchased land in 1864 from Edward Dickinson for $1,216 and four generations of Kelley's grew up there (believe it or not three houses and a barn fit on this very small parcel). He worked for the Dickinson's as a "domestic servant" for over 20 years and acted as lead pallbearer (with five other Irish servants) for Miss Emily.
Although on his death certificate his job is described as 'Night Watchman, Amherst College.'
A long, long time ago