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Education Guide

Recreation Guide

Newletter

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----- Recreation Guide: Historical Sites -----

The Westfield River flows more than 50 miles through sixteen towns and travels through 400 years of recorded history. Historical resources range from early Native American archaeological sites to the first keystone arch railroad bridge in the country. In addition, the communities along the river boast numerous historic buildings - mill worker housing, paper mills and whip factories, stately homes, and even a recreated village that blends colonial and 19th century structures.


The Keystone Arch Bridges

Middlefield. Magnificent secluded stone arch railway bridges of exceptional architectural craftsmanship. Built before the Civil War, three of the bridges lie along a discontinued section of the track and are accessible via a blue-blazed trail from a parking area about 2.5 miles NW of Chester on Middlefield Rd.

 
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Becket Center

Becket. First village in Becket has a Paul Revere bell in its church and a carefully preserved town pound. First rural historic district in the United States to be designated to the National Register of Historic Places.

 
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Bisbee Mill Museum

Chesterfield. Almost 200 years of New England history: mill, woodworking and blacksmith shops, wagons, sleighs, tools, buggy whips. Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

 
413-296-4750

Bryant (William Cullen) Homestead

Cummington. Home of the famed poet and owner/editor of the New York Evening Post, preserved with 200 years of furnishings. Visitors can walk the Rivulet Forest Trail through the old-growth forest Bryant wrote about. Late June through Columbus Day.

 
413-634-2244

Chester Depot Railroad Museum

Chester. Trains, memorabilia, and restored depot from Chester's heyday as a major rail town.

 
413-354-7850

Crescent Mills

Russell. Mill village with early 20th century workers' housing and a small 19th century burial ground.

 
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Edwards Memorial Museum

Chesterfield. Furnishing, photographs, glass, china, household items, and memorabilia reflecting the history of small-town New England. Summer.

 
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Kingman Tavern Historical Museum

Cummington. Historical clothing, furniture, and circa 1800 decor in this 17-room Colonial house. Mid to late summer.

 
413-634-5527

Storrowtown Village Museum

West Springfield. Unique collection of 18th and 19th century building relocated from throughout New England to create a traditional village of meetinghouse, blacksmith shop, and homes on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition.

 
413-787-0136

Summit House

Becket. Early 20th century roadside stop for automobile tourists along the Jacob's Ladder Trail (Rt 20). Features a cairn of stones placed by visitors.

 
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Westfield Wheelmen (Vintage Baseball)

The Wheelmen are an 1880s vintage baseball team based in Westfield. In 2006 they played on more than a dozen dates between May and October, with games at a variety of sites in Westfield as well as a number of away games.

 
Dan Genovese
| Bicycling | Camping | Canoeing | Country Fairs | Fishing |
| Forests & Parks | Hiking | Historical Sites | Maple Sugaring | Skiing |