Welcome to Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Hampshire County is part of the pioneer valley.
Hampshire County is made up of the following towns/areas:
Amherst, Belchertown, Chesterfield, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, Huntington, Middlefield, Northampton, Pelham, Plainfield, South Hadley, South Hampton, Ware, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Worthington
Hampshire County was constituted in 1662 from previously unorganized territory comprising the entire western part of Massachusetts Bay Colony. It included the original towns of Springfield, Northampton, and Hadley. The original Hampshire County also included territory that is now in modern-day Hampden County, Franklin County, and Berkshire County, as well as small parts of modern-day Worcester County.
1. Skinner Mountain
Joseph Allen Skinner State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area located in the towns of Hadley and South Hadley in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts. The state park surrounds Mount Holyoke, the westernmost peak of the Mount Holyoke Range. At the summit is the historic Prospect House, an old hotel first opened in 1851. The park is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
2. Norwottuck Branch Rail Trail
The Norwottuck Branch Rail Trail, formerly the Norwottuck Rail Trail, is an 11-mile (18 km) combination bicycle/pedestrian paved rail trail running from Northampton, Massachusetts, through Hadley and Amherst, to Belchertown, Massachusetts. It opened in 1992, and is now part of the longer Mass Central Rail Trail.
3. The Quabbin Reservoir
The Quabbin Reservoir is the largest inland body of water in Massachusetts, and was built between 1930 and 1939. Along with the Wachusett Reservoir, it is the primary water supply for Boston, 65 miles to the east, and 40 other cities and towns in Greater Boston. A great place to hike, bike, picnic or relax with sights and sounds for all ages to enjoy.
1. Academy of Music
The Academy of Music Theatre is located in and owned by the City of Northampton, Massachusetts.
2. Thornes Marketplace
Thornes Marketplace is located at 150 Main Street in the heart of bustling and eclectic downtown Northampton. With three levels of shopping and dining options, there is always something new and unique to discover.
3. The Hardwick Vineyard and Winery
The Harwick Vineyard and Winery is located on a quiet road that wraps around the Quabbin Resevoir in the town of Hardwick.
1. Emily Dickinson Museum
The Emily Dickinson Museum is a historic house museum consisting of two houses: the Dickinson Homestead and the Evergreens. The Dickinson Homestead was the birthplace and home from 1855 to 1886 of 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson, whose poems were discovered in her bedroom there after her death. The house next door, called the Evergreens, was built by the poet’s father, Edward Dickinson, in 1856 as a wedding present for her brother Austin. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the houses are preserved as a single museum and are open to the public on guided tours. The Emily Dickinson Home is a US National Historic Landmark, and properties contribute to the Dickinson Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
2. Smith College Museum of Arts
Massachusetts connected with Smith College. The museum is known for its compilation of American and European art of the 19th and 20th centuries, including works by Edgar Degas, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Albert Bierstadt, John Singer Sargent and others. First established in 1879, the collection has expanded to include nearly 25,000 works of art, including a diverse collection of non-Western art. It is also a member of the Museums10 collective, a consortium of art, science, and history museums in Western Massachusetts. The SCMA serves as an important cultural and educational resource for the communities of Smith College, the Five College Consortium, and the town of Northampton.
3. The Eric Carle Museum
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is a museum devoted to the art of the picture book and especially the children’s book. It is a member of Museums10 and is adjacent to the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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