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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Barney Mausoleum - Springfield, Massachusetts

Two postcard views of the Barney mausoleum in Forest Park, Springfield, Massachusetts.  The first, a photo from 1909; and the second, an illustration from the 1930s.  Inventor and industrialist Everett Hosmer Barney (1835-1916) was probably most famous for two things: inventing the clamp-on ice skate, and for the donation of 178 acres of his extensive estate to be added to Forest Park in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

In 1892, Everett Barney constructed this granite and marble mausoleum for his son on a Laurel Hill, near his Victorian mansion, which we discussed in this previous post. The mausoleum is the final resting place of Everett Hosmer Barney, his wife Eliza Jane Knowles Barney, and their son, George Murray Barney. The mausoleum has two sets of stairs leading up to a temple with twelve pink marble Ionic columns. 


Jacqueline T. Lynch is the author of Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, MassachusettsStates of Mind: New England (collected essays from this blog); The Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts; and Beside the Still Waters - a novel on the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir.

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