28 Woodbridge Street, South Hadley, MA 01075

Sycamores House

Rawson House

28 Woodbridge Street, South Hadley, MA 01075

Sycamores House

Rawson House


Sycamores was the 1788 home of Colonel Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge and a Mount Holyoke College dormitory for much of the 20th century.  Attached at the rear is Rawson House, the 1733 home of Grindal Rawson, South Hadley’s first minister. 

These two houses are under the jurisdiction of the Sycamores Committee of the South Hadley Historical Society.

Sycamores at Reunion/Graduation Weekends, May, 2014 shows the newest additions and renovations at Sycamores.

In May, 2014 we received a generous contribution through the Montague family, which owned and occupied Sycamores from 1848 to 1900 and a member of the family came to visit.  At least two members of the family have graduated from Mount Holyoke, Martha in 1942 and Robin in 1992.

Following a Brief History you will find the names and affiliations of the Sycamores Committee.  The Outline History of the two houses will be filled in over time.  Under Mount Holyoke Alumnae are photos of alums who have lived in Sycamores taken when they return to the college at reunion time.

The Brodsky Exhibit, honoring the 70th anniversary of the poet’s birth took place in 2010.

Sycamores is a long exposition of the exterior and interior renovation with many “before” and “after” photos.

New Wallpaper and Paint shows the most recent results of work at Sycamores.

Concealed Shoes details the three shoes found in the west wall of the Sycamores ell.

Rawson House gives the history of the oldest house in South Hadley, now attached to Sycamores.  The actual move of Rawson House is detailed on these pages.  And at the end of this page are links to Grindal Rawson in Hadlyme and photos of Grindal Rawson’s church and his 1741 home in Hadlyme, CT.

The Water Tower with its accompanying Photos details the restoration of this unique structure.

The Historic American Buildings Survey displays photos and architectural drawings made of Sycamores in 1935.

Reflections from the House, 1928-1929 are the reflections of Adaline Pates Potter, Mount Holyoke class of 1931, who lived in Sycamores during the ‘28-’29 academic year.

The Letter from Sycamores, 1832 is a transcription of a letter written by a student when Sycamores was a school for boys. 

The “A Better Chance” program was housed in Sycamores between 1972 and 1982.

Our Store features the plates, pitcher, books and pamphlets that we have for sale.

The Bark of the Tree is the annual newsletter of Sycamores/Rawson House.  It is the work of Liz Brewer:  Editor, Publisher, Writer, Photographer, Typesetter, Designer, Mailer, Reporter,..!  All the newsletters, now entirely in color, show the enormous  progress that has taken place during the last decade.

Contact:  Ken Williamson, Chair, Sycamores Committee of the South Hadley Historical Society, 43 Woodbridge St, South Hadley, MA 01075. 

Tel (413) 534 0487


Web page created by Ken Williamson

Weekend, May, 2014

A Brief History

Montagues at Sycamores

Joseph Brodsky

Brodsky Exhibit

The Sycamores Committee

Outline History of Sycamores and Rawson House
Mount Holyoke Alumnae of 

Sycamores Restoration 

Parlor Wallpaper

Wallpaper and Paint

Concealed Shoes

Rawson House

Water Tower
HABS, Historic American
Buildings Survey

Reflections from the House

Letter from Sycamores, 1832

Bark of the Tree