The Town of Amherst has taken another step toward changing the name of The Lord Jeffery Inn.
The Amherst Select Board approved the name change this week and the historic hotel’s name will be changing in January.
Since opening nearly a century ago, The Lord Jeffery Inn has been right here on Boltwood Ave., in Amherst. After controversy and debate, the hotel will be changing its name to “The Inn on Boltwood,” sometime after the New Year.
The town and the Inn are named after the British General, Lord Jeffery Amherst, but many felt his name is a symbol of white oppression, and synonymous with “early chemical warfare” for advocating that Native Americans be given smallpox-infected blankets.
The Amherst College Board of Trustees voted to change the name in 2016 and added its approval Monday.
“I think it’s good to move with the times a little bit, and be sensitive to everybody’s needs,” said Greg Hume of Amherst.
One Hampshire College student said the town of Amherst shouldn’t be defined by the person it was named after.
“Amherst has a bigger meaning than Lord Jeffrey,” said Hector Meredith. “It’s about the town the way it is now. I think most people here are not impacted by Lord Jeffrey and would rather it remain the same.”
Amherst College Chief Financial Officer Kevin Weinman told 22News, there is no plan to change the name of Amherst College, or any of its logos.