Mountain Day is a celebrated tradition at the oldest women’s college in the country, right down the street from the farm!
On Mountain Day, classes and other obligations are cancelled. In a nod to Mary Lyon, students are invited to balance their intellectual pursuits with outdoor activities.
The date of Mountain Day is kept secret until it is announced by the early-morning bells of Mary Lyon Hall on campus.
The bright young women of Mount Holyoke College ascend Mount Holyoke to the Summit House via wooded trail or paved road and are met with ice cream. The tradition has been in place since a year after the colleges founding in 1837!
Generations of Barstow farmers recall college women walking the 6 miles from campus, past the farm, all the way to the top of the mountain and back in the days before buses.
Mount Holyoke College and Barstow’s Longview Farm share a history as neighbors. We’ve employed students at Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery, in the milking parlor, and a century ago, in the asparagus fields.
Mount Holyoke College students, faculty, and staff will get 10% off their purchase today of ice cream, baked goodies, local produce, lunch, and more at Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery in honor of Mountain Day.
Happy Mountain Day!