Mohawk Trail Arts & Culture
Arts, crafts, plays, theater and music organizations and locations.
Step into Early New England! Explore 11 museum houses with trained guides, world-class antiques, special exhibitions, all in the heart of a 330-year old village. Enjoy family programs, special events, distinctive shopping, and café dining.
For those not familiar with out museum, we are accessible via the Mohawk Trail...first left after the Mohawk Park bridge in Charlemont (if you are coming from the west).The Rowe Historical Society owns and operates the Kemp-McCarthy Museum. The museum has an extensive collection of local artifacts and antiques. Highlights of the collection include antique quilts, 19th century dolls, period costumes, china and glassware, sleighs, furniture, photographs, cookware, tools, farm implements and an original 19th century hearse. The Kemp-McCarthy Museum also has many valuable photos and literature from the Davis Mine, the Hoosac Rail Tunnel, and the Yankee Atomic Electric Company. There is a virtual tour on our website, if you would like to take a look: www.rowehistoricalsociety.org.
Housed on a restored 19th-century factory campus, MASS MoCA exhibits some of the liveliest, most evocative - and provocative - art of our time. Open all year with a full schedule of performing arts events and film in addition to 120,000 square feet of gallery space.
Built in 1798 as the original Deerfield Academy building, it opened in 1880 as a museum to preserve and display collections as a "direct memorial of the inhabitants of this valley, both Indian and Puritan." 19 exhibition rooms. Open May 1 - Oct. 31, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am - 4:30 pm. Rts. 5 & 10.
National 2000 & 2002 Chamber Music America Award Winner celebrates the 48th Summer Festival of famed artists performing uniquely designed chamber music programs. July 1st - July 29th in the air conditioned Federated Church, Charlemont, Rte. 2. Detailed concert programs/dates/times and ticket information online at www.mohawktrailconcerts.org
The Quaker Meting House is the most important historical landmark in Adams. It is a memorial to the pioneer people who first settled the tract of land that became Adams. The Quakers, or Friends as they called themselves, were a religious denomination who came from the Smithfield, Rhode Island area. They were the first group of settlers to from a community in East Hoosuck, the original name of the Adams township.
They most likely moved to the Hoosac Valley in the 1760s because the area was recently opened for development. The Quakers must have felt the spirit of adventure that compelled so many Americans to leave thecomforts of their homes to pioneer the wilderness to the west.
They lived in Adams for 15 yeras before starting to build the meeting house in 1782. They finished it four years later. It ook so long to complete because the Friendswere less interested in a monumental place of worship tham living their lives according to their religious precepts.
The meeting house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Open for tours Sundays in July through Columbus Day from 1-4pm
On the last Sunday in ugust the Society of Friends Descendants hold an Annual Meeting which includes a half hour of silence and a speaker
Next door to the Trolley Museum and housed in a hundred-year-old post and beam building, Salmon Falls Gallery fills 3,400 square feet of space with handmade works of art made by our 100+ local artists. We try to show the full range of what artists are making in this region. Salmon Falls is the retail home of Josh Simpson Contemporary Glass. Come up the hill and be inspired!
Exhibits change every two months.
European, American, British, and Old Master paintings in intimate galleries surrounded by 140 acres of woodland & trails. Newly renovated campus featuring the Clark Center designed by architect Tadao Ando. The Clark’s Impressionist paintings including works by Renoir, Monet, and Degas return after a three year tour.
Susan B. Anthony -- Adams' Famous Daughter
Although Susan B. Anthony lived in Adams for only the first six years of her life, she was greatly influenced by the beliefs and aspirations of her hometown Quaker community. Her great-grandfather was a pioneer settler here and one of the founding members of the East Hoosac Meeting. Anthony devoted the greater part of her life seeking justice as an abolitionist against slavery and as a suffragette for the rights of woman to vote. Her inner light guided her through the darkness of this world.
Spring/Summer (Memorial Day-Columbus Day): 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Thursday-Saturday and Monday, Sunday 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Fall/Winter (Columbus Day-Memorial Day): 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Friday,Saturday and Monday, Sunday 11:30 am - pm
Call to arrange private tours: 413-743-7121
The gift shop at theBirthplace Museum house many gift itens, which are made by local female artisans of the berkshires. These unique gifts include handmade jewelry, povket books, bibs and potholders, quilts and much more; perfect for this holiday season. They also sell a large variety of book foor children and adults about the suffrage movement, as well as many other topics.
It is a "must See" when visiting the Northern Berkshires. Admission: $6.00 Adult / $4.00 senoir citzen $3.00 Studnet / Free children six and under.
What you'll see: Exhibits honoring the "legends" of the trail, as well as ones featuring clothing, equipment and other memorabilia. Also, a documentary and films are shown on a regular basis.