The Northfield Hotel, Northfield Mass

The Northfield Hotel around 1904.  Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Detroit Publishing Company Collection.


The site in 2014:


Northfield Massachusetts was never a particularly prominent town for much of its history, but this changed after one of its residents, D.L. Moody, gained worldwide fame as a Christian evangelist.  In addition to work that he did in Chicago and overseas in England, Moody also had an impact on his hometown, opening the Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies in 1879.  This brought an increase in demand for services such as hotels, including The Northfield, which opened in 1887, just a short distance away from the Northfield Seminary.

Facing dwingling guests, the hotel closed in the 1970s and was demolished, although its well-landscaped grounds became home of the Northfield Golf Club.  A few reminders of the old hotel still exist, including the pond in the foreground, the stone wall, and the footbridge across the stream.

10 thoughts on “The Northfield Hotel, Northfield Mass

  1. Back around 1968-70, my older brother, Walt was a professional golfer and ran the Pro shop at what was then the Northfield Inn and Country Club. I was about 11 or 12 at the time and have many fond memories of visiting my brother there once. Back then it was a thriving hotel with numerous celebrity guests such as Burl Ives who my brother met. The building was splendorous, the accommodations were charming and the food was wonderful. You could golf, play tennis, go horseback riding, swim and do just about anything else you could imagine. I just happened to look it up today to see how it looks these days, and was completely shocked that the entire building had been raised. Very sad indeed.

  2. From 1961 -63 I worked there as a bellhop / waiter / busboy May memorable day there. I remember the wooden toboggan run they would put up in the Christmas /winter went all the way down to the pond great times

    Don Baker

  3. From 1961 -63 I worked there as a bellhop / waiter / busboy Many memorable days there. I remember the wooden toboggan run they would put up in the Christmas /winter went all the way down to the pond great times

    Don Baker

  4. I have a diary that was kept my great aunt, Mae Blance. In it, Mae describes working at the Northfield Hotel in 1918. Kind of neat to be able to go online and find a picture of the holes as it looked when she was there.

  5. I own an 8 page “brochure” from the Northfield. While there is no publishing date, the back page includes a map with directions of various ways to reach the Northfield and references the “1923 Blue Book routes” along with “Railroads 1916.” When printed the Manager was Ambert G. Moody, Assistant Manager was Frank W. Kellogg.

    Would love to sell it to someone who would appreciate it.

  6. Having arrived at NMH in the late ’70s, a few years after the Northfield Inn was demolished, I wonder if it would have been kept viable by paring back to the front or back half of the building. Only a few years after it was demolished, middle-sized inns made a bit of a come back. Clearly it grew beyond where it was sustainable in the 1960s (as tastes shifted and the summer conferences waned). (I nonetheless saw a lot of the Northfield when I had a student work job assisting at the NMH archives).

  7. We always came up in the summer to visit our grandparents and see Grandpa (Ralph M. Forsaith Sr.) behind the front desk at the Northfield Hotel. He started working for the Northfield Hotel in the early 1900’s as a bellboy, then he worked the front desk and graduated to Manager. He saw famous people come and go. (Gertrude Lawrence which was in the original ” King and I “, Mr Otis and many other people.).
    We would come over and use the pool, play shuffle board, play golf and watch movies when it was movie night. My brother even got to stay over at the Chateau a few nights.
    We had a lot of fun and we will always have wonderful memories of our dear Grandparents, the Hotel and Chateau.

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