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Hotels, Princeton, MA - Fernside Inn, advertisement poster, c!900
TitleHotels, Princeton, MA - Fernside Inn, advertisement poster, c!900
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SubjectHotels--Massachusetts--Princeton; Hotels--Working class women; Hotels--Advertising; Resorts--Massachusetts--Princeton; Working class women
DescriptionA poster advertising Fernside in Princeton, Massachusetts. The poster shows the main house with the young woman sitting on the front porch and contains a description of the services and purposes of Fernside. Fernside was built in 1835 by Captain Benjamin Harringon. Wilkes Roper purchased it in 1870 and ran it as the Summer House Hotel. In 1890, M. Josephine Allen of Boston purchased the house, barn, 10 acres of land and furnishings for 3, 800 dollars. She named it Fernside, and it was operated as a mountain resort for working women for next 100 years who would not have been able to afford a vacation otherwise. A weeks stay cost $3 in 1890 and $70 in the 1980's. Fernside's final summer was 1988. Today Fernside is run as a rehabilitation center by the McClean Hospital.
TranscriptionThis house, formerly known as the "Princeton Vacation House for Working Girls, " will open for the season on Saturday, July 1. It is conducted exclusively for the benefit of women wage-earners, over seventeen years of age, and is Princeton, Mass., beautifully situated on the side of Mount Wachusett. The house is in perfect order, the table ample, with fresh vegetables daily from the garden. The mountain can be ascended in two hours from the house. Each person is expected to aid in the care of her bedroom and to do her share of the table work. The price of board is $4.00 a week, and the railroad fares $1.90 for the round trip. Reduction is made sometimes for those greatly needing a change of air, but unable to pay the above prices. Each person is expected to remain two weeks. All board and railroad tickets must be obtained from the "Fernside Agent, " and paid in advance. She will be at the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, No. 264 Boylston Street every Tuesday and Friday evening, from 7 to 9 o'clock, beginning Tuesday, June 13. A deposit of fifty cents is required at the time of application; this will be deducted later from the regular board. The parties, twenty-one in each, will leave every Saturday from the South Station, and are met at Princeton station by the "Fernside" carriage. Applications should be made early as the house accommodates but forty-two. All are requested to bring their clothing in bags, as transportation of trunks from the station is difficult. As there are no conveniences for personal laundry work, it is well to bring a supply of underclothing to last during the stay. Miss M. J. Allen, President
RelationIs part of the collection of the Princeton Historical Society, housed in the Princeton Public Library, Goodnow Memorial Building, Princeton, Massachusetts.
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