Hilltown Families


Poetry of William Cullen Bryant “The Planting of the Apple-Tree” Did you know that William Cullen Bryant, a 19th century poet (and Schoolhouse Poet like John Greenleaf Whittier) planted over 800 apple trees on his farm property? While the orchard is no longer active, you can still visit the poet’s homestead in Cummington, MA. A property of The Trustees, The William Cullen Bryant Homestead is open for house tours and other activities… Read More

Explore local poets’ homes and writing places from the past, such as the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA.

Mark your calendar on May 31st for a unique community-based educational opportunity that connects to the past via historical homes in Western Mass. Read on and map out a family visit to get a snapshot of family life from another era. Some of the homes host many wonderful trails to be enjoyed and explored while discovering it’s history and contributions to local culture.

Plainfield Historical Society Unveils Website Full of Local History Bring local history to life as you plan family activities for the summer! Thanks to Plainfield resident, Lori Austion, The  Plainfield Historical Society has recently unveiled their new website (plainfieldmahistory.org).  Although a work in progress, it’s filled with a rich amount of information on local historical sites and homes, notable former community members in the Hilltowns, and self-guided historical tours that history buffs… Read More

Bryant Day Celebration in Cummington Saturday, July 16th from 7am-4pm Cynthia Sommer from The Trustees of Reservation writes: The fourth annual Bryant Day, held at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA, is scheduled for July 16 from 7 AM to 4 PM, adding another year to the tradition of celebrating William Cullen Bryant, the famous 19th century poet, newspaper editor, and conservationist, and his passion for the art of the word. The… Read More