Amherst historic inn’s name change complete

Staff Writer
Published: 1/11/2019 11:25:01 PM

AMHERST — After 92 years, the historic downtown hotel on the Town Common officially has a new name.

Friday was the first day in operation for the Inn on Boltwood, which since its opening at 30 Boltwood Ave. on June 3, 1926 had been known as The Lord Jeffery Inn.

In August, inn owner Amherst College announced that the name would be changing in early 2019. At the final Select Board meeting in November,  the board, acting as the town’s licensing commission, approved the name change, as well as its new general manager, Deborah Hermance.

The new name for the college-owned inn removes associations with the 18th century commander-in-chief of the British forces during the French and Indian War, who historians say advocated for wiping out Native Americans by giving them blankets infected with smallpox.

The college dropped the use of the Lord Jeffs as its unofficial mascot in 2016 and in 2017 unveiled Mammoths as the nickname and mascot for the college.

As part of the change, the inn launched a new website at

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