Who is NeVar and NeVara?

Nevar© and his mate NeVara© are a not so common raven pair. Together, they have become the mascots and narrators for this website.

Ravens were chosen for their intelligence, sociability and adaptability. They have been companions to humankind for all of recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To some ravens are evil. To others they are revered as noble spirits. And so ravens were chosen to tell the story of Mount Tom and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Should you have skills in animation, graphic arts, audio and video recording, photography, voice-overs, research, law, and would like to help tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range, please leave a comment under Recent Posts.

Eyrie House Ruins


010eyriehousNamed Mt. Nonotuck in 1858 by Professor Hitchcock of Amherst College, the Eyrie House Hotel complex rose on its summit in 1861, expanding to 30 guest rooms with amenities including promenades, pavilion, picnicking, croquet field, lookout tower, and walking paths. A 1901 fire destroyed the complex. This image is of a foundation for an expansion never completed.  In 1905 the Reservation purchased the property.  The area can be reached via the New England National Scene Trail and via an unimproved road during special events.

034navarFor my introduction to this opening story, click on


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