Arunah Bartlett established a homestead on the mountain in the mid 1800’s. A true New England Yankee, Arunah was a stone worker, farmer, builder, musician, and instrument maker. His home was a stopover on the Underground Railroad. He and his sons fought for the Union in the Civil War. The land still reflects his touch – with miles of stone walls, foundations, levees, berry patches, and the spruce forests that were left for posterity. In 1984, Joe Zuraw purchased the Site and Summit. Joe’s idea was to preserve its natural state and more.
Originally part of the 5A’s, by 1990 Arunah Hill had a separate identity. In 1992, Arunah was incorporated as a Non-Profit Organization to create and maintain:
A Dark Sky Observing Site for Members, Astronomers, and the Public
An Environmental, Botanical, and Wildlife Preserve
A Research Facility for Astronomy and Science
An Educational Facility for Astronomy, Science, and Nature
218 Trouble St
Cummington, MA 01026