About NeVar


In the future this website's mascot and spokes-raven, NeVar, will tell stories about the Mt. Tom Range, particularly the Mt. Tom Area.

Ravens have been followers of our kind longer than recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To Indigenous Americans ravens are revered noble spirits: intelligent, adaptable, sociable.

And so the common raven was chosen to tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke, Massachusetts, should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Mt. Tom from across the Connecticut River


The Mt. Tom Range extends some nine miles from the Connecticut River southwest to West Springfield and borders five cities.  The range is located, along with the Mount Holyoke Range to the east, in the population center of Western Massachusetts.  Like its sister range the Mt. Tom Range is close to lodging, restaurants, eleven colleges, a diversity of entertainment and recreational activities.  The Mt. Tom area of the range has a rich history, which viewers can read highlights of here on pages listed to your right as well as on pages of the in-depth Robert Schwobe Historical Collection in Mt. Tom State Reservation.  The Holyoke Public Library’s History Room also has much to read.
Geologically the Mt. Tom Range has a somewhat east-west orientation, unlike the north-south orientation of most ridge-lines in Western MA.   Its orientation has created a unique plant and animal ecosystem, an ideal location for professional and student field studies.  Please view the Points of Interest pages listed to the right for overviews of what the Mt. Tom Range –especially the Mt. Tom area, has to offer.