WHM Presents lecture on writings of Mount Hope Farm founder on Sat, Jan 19, 11am at Sweetwood
The Williamstown Historical Museum presents an illustrated lecture by Dustin Griffin – “Parmalee Prentice: Mount Hope’s Polymath” – on the writings of Colonel Prentice, founder of Mount Hope Farm. The lecture will take place at Sweetwood, 1611 Cold Spring Rd (Rt. 7). Event is free & open to the public on Sat, Jan. 19, 11:00am.
Colonel Ezra Parmalee Prentice (1863-1955) was a corporate lawyer who married Alta Rockefeller in 1901. In 1910, the Prentices bought 1,400 acres of land in Williamstown. Elm Tree House, the Prentices’ 72-room summer home at Mount Hope, was completed in 1928. In the 1930s and 1940s, several geneticists were employed by Colonel Prentice to develop more profitable farm animals, particularly cattle and poultry. At that time, Mount Hope Farm was one of the most outstanding experimental farms in the United States.