The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, an historic house museum dating to 1752 in Hadley Massachusetts opens Sunday, May 14 for its 68th season. Guided tours will be available Saturday through Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. The museum is closed on Thursdays and Fridays. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children.
The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House, known as Forty Acres, is an 18th-century farm on the banks of the Connecticut River that today interprets life in rural New England over three centuries. Through the words, spaces and possessions of the women and men who lived here, the Museum portrays the activities of a prosperous and productive 18th-century farmstead. Members of this household along with numerous artisans, servants and slaves made "Forty Acres" an important social and commercial link in local, regional and national cultural and economic networks. Through the 19th century the generations transformed the estate into a rural retreat. In the 20th-century the house was preserved as a museum by family members and now contains the possessions of six generations of this extended family.
The rooms in the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum remain as they were arranged by members of the family to accommodate the procession of relatives, neighbors, community leaders and workers who crossed the house’s threshold. From farmers and businessmen, to religious leaders and social workers, to servants and slaves, the stories of many men, women, and children spanning 250 years of American History are told within the house. The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Programs this summer include the thirty-sixth season of WEDNESDAY FOLK TRADITIONS featuring some of New England's finest ethnic folk music ensembles. Performances will be held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 P.M starting June 7 with “The Art of Steele:” A Blues Tribute in Memory of Art Steele, sound engineer and backbone to the WFT series for over thirty years, featuring powerhouse vocalist Evelyn Harris with Billy Arnold, John Mason and Dave Picchi. The seven week series continues with weekly performances through July 26.
"A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA" will be held each Saturday in July and August with seating at 2:30 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. on the museum's back veranda. Local musicians will perform while guests sip tea and taste pastries donated by local restaurants.
Special exhibits in the Corn Barn this summer will include “Robert Markey: Beautiful People in the World, portraits from my travels.” His work includes paintings from his work with kids and communities in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Greece, Israel and India and will be on display May 15- June 30. "From July 1st to the 30th, we will feature “Phil Grant: A PORTRAIT OF AFGHANISTAN.”