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.

First Summit House on top of Mt. Tom


Historically, the Mount Tom area is rich in places and events of note. Above is a image of the first hotel on the summit of Mount Tom, where President Mckinley and his wife dined after taking the Holyoke Street Railway’s cog rail train to the summit. For a more detailed historical record make an appointment to visit the 13 volume library at Mount Tom State Reservation, as well as visit the history room at Holyoke City Library. ¬†Illustration is courtesy of the web.