Galleries, and the Arts
of Massachusetts at Amherst
and Hampshire College
Mill Museum, East Street, Chesterfield, (413) 296-4750.
This museum of Yankee commerce and ingenuity offers a glimpse at
almost 200 years of New England history. Open Memorial Day (May)
through Columbus Day (September).
Memorial Museum, Route 143, Chesterfield, (413) 296-4759.
Museum's collection of furnishings, photographs, glass, china,
household items, and memorabilia reflect the history of small-town
Tavern Museum, Main Street, Cummington, (413) 634-5527.
This 17-room colonial house has over 5,000 historical items,
including furniture, clothing, and period rooms from the 1800's.
Admission is free, but $2 donation per adult is requested. Open
Saturday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August; call for a separate
appointment or large-group viewing.
Cullen Bryant Homestead, 207 Bryant Road, (413) 634-2244.
Overlooking the serene Westfield River Valley, the 195-acre estate
of America's foremost 19th-century poet contains memorabilia from
Bryant's exotic travels and his family's Colonial and Victorian
furnishings. Call for summer hours.
Art Institute, Nash Road, Cummington, (413) 634-8879.
Classes mixed in with exhibitions.
Hall Museum, Memorial Street, Deerfield, (413) 774-3768,
ext. 10. Displayed in the old Deerfield Academy building (1798) is a
wide variety of curious and beautiful American antiques -- quilts,
dolls, furniture, portraits, and Native American artifacts. Museum
opens daily May - October.
Museum at Indian House Memorial, Main Street, Deerfield,
(413) 774-3768, ext. 10. Museum offers a number of hands-on forays
into history and is open during the summer and early fall. Site also
marks the annual commemoration in February of the 1704 French and
Indian attack on Deerfield.
Deerfield (outdoor museum) is a collection of old houses
along Deerfield's Main Street. Inside these homes, you'll find more
than 20,000 objects -- furniture, ceramics, textiles, glass, and
silver -- made or used in America between 1650 and 1850. History,
storytelling, cider pressing, hay rides, a colonial style husking
bee, and a demonstration of harvest cooking over an open hearth and
early- America handcraft demonstrations are some activities. Museum
houses and the museum Store are open daily throughout the year 9:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and
Christmas Day. For general information and tour reservations, call
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|The Five College
Bed & Breakfast Association
P.O. Box 3252, Amherst, MA 01004