We’ve had an ongoing discussion thread on what’s great about Northfield, and the diversity of comments led me to wonder about a related topic: What was it that brought you to Northfield? Much can be attributed to the lure of the colleges, both for academic and employment purposes, but anecdotal evidence leads me to suspect that many people have moved here quite deliberately, choosing Northfield for the various qualities that people have identified in the other post.
My story is a bit more serendipitous. I wasn’t brought up in Northfield (my dad left the old hometown for the bright lights and big city), but my roots in the area go back five generations, when my great-great-grandfather (above) came from Denmark with his stylish luggage (right). I moved to Northfield in 1991, with a baby and a toddler in tow, in order to care for my aging grandfather. I figured that any community that offered social, recreational, and educational opportunities for citizens ranging in age from 1 to 87 (as my family did at the time) was a pretty good bet, so we stayed.
So, what’s your story? Why did you move here? Or, in the case of those who grew up here: What was it that drew you back?