Catamount Hill Association, Inc.

Colrain, Massachusetts …where, in 1812, the American flag first was raised over a schoolhouse

Historical and Genealogical Resources

Publications Available From The Catamount Hill Association:

To order these publications by mail, please provide your name, mailing address, publication and quantity being ordered along with payment to the Association’s address found hereLocal purchases may also be accommodated; please inquire by email hereQuantity discounts are available for orders of 10 or more copies of a single publication. 




A Sketch of the Origin and Growth of the Catamount Hill Association of Colrain, Mass compiled by Dr. A. F. Davenport and Miss Charlotte A Dunton, 1901. The original text and images were augmented with contemporary imagery and an index when reprinted in 2012. Soft cover, 8 ¼ x 10 ¾ inches, 140 pages. $22.00 postpaid.







The First Schoolhouse Flag is the story of the Catamount Hill flag-raising written by Emily Davenport Stacey and originally published in 1912. Reprinted 2014. Booklet, 5 x 8 ½ inches, 19 pages. $6.00 postpaid.










Where the Schoolhouse Flag First Floated: The Story of Catamount Hill by Colrain resident Carol Purington. Imaginatively re-creates the historic flag-raising, describes the community’s unusual record of enduring ties, and presents a place fascinating for its natural beauty. Privately Published, 2005.  Booklet, 5 ¼ x 8 ½, 22 pages with sepia illustrations. $7.00 postpaid.









The Puzzle of Catamount Hill written by Elmer Davenport. First published by the author in 1969. Deceptively simple-looking but full of information in 46 pages. Reprinted 2014. Booklet, 5 ½ x 8 ¼ inches. $6.00 postpaid.








The Young Housekeepers’ Companion was originally published by “the Ladies of the First Baptist Church of Colraine, Mass.” in 1883.  It contains engaging advertisements and recipes and remedies contributed by the members, many of whose family names can be traced back to Catamount Hill.  Several original pages of advertising were missing or damaged; thus this reprint is somewhat shortened.  Reprinted with permission, 2015. Booklet, 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches, 39 pages. $6.00 postpaid






Additional References:

The Early Settlers of Colrain, Mass., an address by Charles H. McClellan, 1885, available online at

From Homesteads to Cellar Holes on Catamount Hill, Colrain, Massachusetts by Carl G. Smith, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. XCVI (January 1942), pp. 60-69.

Colrain, Massachusetts Marriages, Deaths and Cemetery Records, typewritten manuscript, 1955.  Available at Griswold Memorial Library, Main Street, Colrain, MA.

The FIRST Schoolhouse Flag, by Elmer Davenport, Yankee Magazine, May 1962, pp. 118-119.

A History of Colrain, Massachusetts with Genealogies of Early Families by Lois Patrie, Troy, New York: 1974. available at Griswold Memorial Library, Main Street, Colrain, MA.