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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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It wasn't until two Wellesley College professors were struck with the idea to give the building new life and reinvigorated purpose. Julia Swift Orvis and Phillips Bradley, both professors of history at the time, always commiserated in their disappointment that the college bookstore was the only place where students and professors could congregate to read the latest novels and poetry. Together they fantasized about a commu- nal space where both members of the college and Wellesley residents could go to appreciate the literature they craved. Not long after the idea arose, Orvis and Bradley gathered the money and bought the Hathaway House in 1925. They opened the Hathaway Bookstore the same year. The opening was a great success with throngs of students and locals ent from the outside is that the Hathaway House has had a long and var- ied impact on Wellesley and its residents. Over its many iterations from farmhouse to bookstore to furniture boutique, the Hathaway House has changed functional roles, but its relationship to Wellesley and the pow- erful memories surrounding it, and the character it invokes have not. Originally built atop an older structure dating back to the 1700s, the current clapboard farmhouse was erected as the first building on Central Street in 1830 by local farmer Robert Smith. The building was later sold to William Carhart in 1846, and inherited by his sister-in-law, Rebecca Morse Hathaway, in 1872. After Hathaway died in 1900, the house sat empty and fell into disrepair for many years. C O U R T E S Y O F W E L L E S L E Y C O L L E G E A R C H I V E S , L I B R A R Y & T E C H N O L O G Y S E R V I C E S 99 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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