Landmark Massachusetts inn changes name
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A landmark Massachusetts hotel has changed its name for the first time in 92 years and distanced itself from the negative connotations of its former moniker.
It had been known as The Lord Jeffery Inn since it opened in 1926.
But in August, inn owner Amherst College announced the change.
The new name removes associations with 18th century Gen. Jeffery Amherst, commander of British forces during the French and Indian War, who historians say suggested wiping out Native Americans by giving them blankets infected with smallpox.
The college stopped using Lord Jeffs as its unofficial athletic mascot in 2016.
Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com