Hilltown Families


The local woods and trails in Western Massachusetts were common destinations for 19th-century hikers and fueled the creative genius of many writers. Engage with local history and experience the landscape from a literary perspective by reading some of these writers’ works before embarking on your next outdoor adventure. To get you started, read the poetry of William Cullen Bryant or writings of Henry David Thoreau.

Think about this:

How has the Western Massachusetts natural landscape inspired writers and artists of the past?
Why do you think nature writing was so prevalent in the early-mid 19th century?
How did nature writing in the United States inspire American conservation in the 19th century?
What is the Western Massachusetts hiking trail that inspires you the most?