Calvin Coolidge Walking Tour

The "I do not choose to run" Coolidge walking Tour

Calvin Coolidge Walking Tour

Northampton, Massachusetts 01060, United States

Created By: Historic Northampton/Forbes Library

Tour Information

Calvin Coolidge Walking Tour of homes and significant locations around Downtown Northampton and Smith College. This is a relatively strenuous walking tour with some steep hills and covers a distance of several miles. It could also be undertaken by automobile or bicycle.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Forbes Library 20 West St. The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum is located  on the 2nd floor. The Coolidge collection contains exhibits, papers, photographs, portraits, objects and memorabilia associated with the political... Read more
Hammond & Field Law Office [site] former first national bank building 59 Main Street. It was here that Coolidge immersed himself in the study and practice of Law and were guided by the mentorship and friendship of John C. Hammond and He... Read more
Coolidge's law office was located in the central portion of the Masonic Building from 1898-1918. The windows of this office are flanked by Ionic columns and decorated with griffins. It was built in 1898 and designed by architect R.F. Putnam... Read more
John and Mary Lyman House 63 Center Street. Coolidge rented a room here from 1896-97 with the family of John Lyman,  a local businessman who had previously served as a selectman in nearby Williamsburg and who was involved in local temperan... Read more
This shingle-style home was the Coolidge’s first rental home as a couple from 1905-1906. It was the faculty house of Smith College Latin professor John Everett Brady, and the Coolidges lived here from November 1905 to August 1906 while B... Read more
Adams House 40 Round Hill Road. This set back structure was part of the Clarke school campus at the time Coolidge lived here from 1897 to 1905. It was the home of friend Robert Weir, former housemate of Coolidge at 63 Center St.,who was at... Read more
On the corner of Harrison and Elm (opposite Franklin Street) stands the vast Queen Anne structure once owned by John C. Hammond, who first employed Coolidge as a young attorney. Coolidge described Hammond in his biography: "The senior membe... Read more
Coolidge Home at 21 Massasoit Street The Coolidge’s home from August 1906 until May 1930. It was about this house that Grace said “For most of us there is one spot on earth which is dearer than all others. For me it is here in this litt... Read more
On the corner of Harrison and Elm (opposite Franklin Street) stands the vast Queen Anne structure once owned by John C. Hammond, who first employed Coolidge as a young attorney. 
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Grace Coolidge was fond of nature walks, especially this trail that leads back to the Smith Campus along the Mill River from near her home at Road Forks. In between Road Forks and 112 Washington Avenue you will see a dirt path descending to... Read more
The tour concludes bu returnign to Forbes Library, which houses the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum. If you didn't have a chance to stop in at the beginning of the tour, do so now. The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library ... Read more


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