{short description of image} 1st Traveler's Choice

Destination:
The Five College Area
/ Pioneer Valley
of Western Massachusetts

Museums, Galleries, and the Arts
Photo of Historic Deerfield in the Five College Area / Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts

Photo: Historic Deerfield

Introduction

Lodging

Location

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Museums, Galleries, and the Arts

Attractions

Recreation

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Smith College

Amherst College and Hampshire College

Mount Holyoke College
Chesterfield
Bisbee 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). Edwards 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 New England.
Cummington
Kingman 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. Williams 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.
Ridgehaven Art Institute, Nash Road, Cummington, (413) 634-8879. Classes mixed in with exhibitions.
Deerfield
Memorial 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. Children's 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.
Historic 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 (413) 774-5581.
Museums, Galleries, and the Arts, continued
Back
The Five College Area
Bed & Breakfast Association
P.O. Box 3252, Amherst, MA 01004
______________________________
Towns
Amherst
Ashfield
Belchertown
Bernardston
Chesterfield
Conway
Cummington
Deerfield
Easthampton
Goshen
Granby
Greenfield
Hadley
Hatfield
Huntington
Leverett
New Salem
Northampton
Pelham
Plainfield
Shutesbury
South Hadley
Southampton
Springfield
Sunderland
Westhampton
Whately
Williamsburg
Worthington
Tell your hosts you found them on 1st Traveler's Choice. (www.virtualcities.com)

Introduction ..... Lodging .... Norwottuck Rail Trail ..... Museums, Galleries, and the Arts ..... Attractions ..... Recreation ..... University of Massachusetts at Amherst ..... Smith College ..... Amherst College and Hampshire College ..... Mount Holyoke College


Getaways ... Massachusetts Lodging Directory ... North America Lodging Directory
Massachusetts Vacation Rentals ... North America Vacation Rentals ... Virtual Cities
© 2001 - ONS Inc.