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Two roads, rivals in romantic beauty, lead from Lanesborough toward Williamstown. The old stage-road through New Ashford and the lovely valley of South Williamstown was preferred by Samuel Bowles on his annual trip to Commencement at Williams College. The other Old Path to Williamstown is far more rugged; it vaults through Cheshire and along the valley of the Hoosac River byway of Adams to North Adams and passes within view of Fort Massachusetts on the Harrison flats.
"I had a view of Williamstown from Greylock summit," says Hawthorne, "a white village and a steeple in a gradual hollow with huge mountain swells heaving up like immense subsiding, waves far and wide around it." These mountains, which hem in an ideal New England town, are intimately associated by name with the history and traditions of Williams College. The twin peaks of Mount Hopkins -- 2,790 feet high -- are named for President Mark Hopkins and Professor Albert Hopkins. Mount Fitch, Mount Griffin, and Mount Chadbourne are named in honor of three other Presidents of the College.
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