Cowls Tree Farm northeast Amherst
W-A-Y before signing a $6.5 million purchase and sale agreement with Landmark Properties for 147 acres of woodland now destined to become The Retreat, a high-end student housing development, the W.D. Cowls company offered to donate the land for a proposed new unnamed college that seven years later materialized in South Amherst as Hampshire College.
Yes even back in 1958 the property was ripe for development. Today Hampshire College hosts 1,400 students -- or twice the number of the proposed Retreat, with 641 total tenants.