Attractions Near the Mohawk Trail
Things to do and see in The Mohawk Trail Region.
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.
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.
The Bridge of Flowers is the only one of its kind in the world. Built in 1908 as a trolley bridge across the Deerfield River, between the towns of Shelburne and Buckland, the 400-foot, five arch concrete span was abandoned with the passing of the trolley line 1928.
Antoinette and Walter Burnham's vision of transforming the structure into a flower bridge became a reality in 1929. The project was spearheaded by the Shelbrne Falls Woman's Club and is still under their leadership through the Bridge of Flower Committee.
Over 500 varieties of annuals and perennials are planted and tened by local volunteers who work with the head gardner and her assistant to ensure continuous blooming throughout the season.
Open from early spring through late fall
The Heart of the park is the Visitors Center Museum. Several beautifully retore buidings that were once used to store freight and commodities surround a cobblestone courtyard at this former railroad yard. The buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This ubran park uses historical artifacts and exhibits to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the Hoosac Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. The tunnel was dug 4.75 miles through Hoosac Mountan, linking Massachusetts to Albany, NY. 200 men lost their lives building the tunnel, which is still being used today. An audio-visual presentation takes visitors back in time, where the sounds of dripping water, pickaxes against stone, explosion, and debates re-create the hradship and heroism of the tunnel's constuction. Programs and exhibits on history, science, culture and environmental are offered regularly to the public. Visitors Center hours: Open 10am-5pm day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days. Admission and parking is free.