“Ames Mansions of Easton” Exhibit On Display at Stonehill College

September 11, 2014

An Easton Historical Society photo of Donahue Hall under construction in 1905.

The Easton Historical Society and the Stonehill CollegeArchives & Historical Collections Department have teamed up to curate an exhibit featuring 11 Easton mansions built by the Ames Family, including the College’s Donahue Hall. The exhibit will be on display in Cushing-Martin Hall on Stonehill’s campus beginning Friday, September 12 with an opening reception scheduled from 4 p.m. -6 p.m. that evening. The exhibit will remain on display until the Summer of 2015.

The grandiose multi-story homes overlook picturesque landscapes dotted with gardens, fountains, and statues. The exhibit discusses the architectural intricacies and the ultimate fate of each unique structure. 

The Ames Family, which owned the Ames Shovel Company, helped shaped Easton’s economy. The shovel company, which was established in 1803, became nationally known as having provided the shovels which laid the Union Pacific Railroad and opened the west. In 1875, the shovel production of the Ames plant was worth $1.5 million.