The legendary Mount Hope estate fascinates us with stories of wealth and innovation. In November, 2013, Joe Bergeron lectured about the evolution of the estate, its rise to prototype farm, its “million dollar” barn and other buildings, and the development around its windy road since Mount Hope’s founding by the Prentice family. This talk was given in conjunction with the opening of our winter exhibit, also on the Mount Hope Estate, curated by Joe Bergeron.
Joe is a relatively new Williamstown resident, having first arrived in town 17 years ago to attend Williams College. He, his wife and daughters live across the street from Mount Hope on an old part of the farm and love the rewarding responsibility of acting as caretaker to one of Mount Hope’s barns.