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Farm Records

 Record Group — Box: RG09-04-001
Identifier: RG09-04

Scope and Contents

Records documenting the daily life, work, and expenses of the farm at Holy Cross. The records include two diaries and an account book from the 19th century, as well as accounts and receipts from the mid-20th century.


  • November 1869-1901
  • 1946-1957


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials believed to be under copyright or other restrictions are available for limited noncommercial, educational and personal use only, or for fair use as defined by United States copyright law and with proper citation. Please note that the College of the Holy Cross may not hold the rights to all items in this collection. Users assume responsibility for identifying all copyright holders and for determining whether permission is needed to make any use of the content. For permission under rights held by the College, please contact

Historical Note

Since its founding, the farm has been a central component of the landscape and life at Holy Cross. In 1836, Father James Fitton purchased land from the Parch family farm on Packachoag hill, or Mount Saint James, on which to build his boarding school. He continued to operate a farm on the land, using it to feed and fund the school. When the Founder of Holy Cross, Rev. Benedict Joseph Fenwick, purchased the school from Fitton, he continued the farm's operations, and expanded the farm's size and capacity over the course of the 19th century. Beginning at 60 acres, the farm grew to 150 acres by the early 20th century under the supervision of Brother Francis X. Horwedel. The farm was also expanded during World War I under President Joseph Dinand, S.J. to support the countrty's war efforts and need for agricultural resources. However, by 1933, the farm no longer remained a vital or neccessary operation for the College, thus leading to much of the farm and the barn to be converted into new sports fields and a gymnasium.


0.46 Cubic Feet (1 document box)

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Related Materials

The following Campion House records are related to the College Farm:

  • Box: RG16-01B-013, Folder: 1 - Campion House Construction Cost Statement, circa 1892
  • Box: RG16-01B-013, Folder: 2 - Contractor Bills, May 1892
  • Box: RG16-01B-013, Folder: 3 - Addition to Farmhouse Estimate, October 8, 1906

Lydia Cochran
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