Amherst, Hadley, and Sunderland Community Day
The Porter-Phelps-Huntington-Museum invites all residents of Amherst, Hadley, and Sunderland to a Community Day on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 from 10:00am to 3:30pm.
All residents are welcome to the Museum for free tours on the half hour. Afterwards, guests can relax on the back veranda with complimentary lemonade and cookies. Members of the community are encouraged to explore the homestead and grounds of one of the founding families of Hadley, and learn about the history of the Connecticut River Valley.
This summer, Amherst College senior and Amherst native Anna Plummer is a Museum Assistant at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum and conducting tours. She says,“After a little more than a week here, I feel more connected to the history of the Pioneer Valley than I ever have. This house, property, and its unique collections tell the story of a highly connected family over almost three centuries, but also provide unique insight into the lives of the women of the house and some of the many free, indentured and enslaved laborers the family farm depended on.” With several years of experience as a tour guide at the beloved Emily Dickinson Museum and interests in English literature, poetry writing, and the performing arts, Anna looks forward to deepening her understanding of historic house museum operations, pursuing independent research, and undoubtedly writing some poetry about it all. She hopes to see familiar faces stop by at this Community Day!
Visitors are also encouraged to walk the hiking trails that circle a portion of this 1752 farm and include 350 acres of preserved land. A part of the Connecticut River Scenic Byway Project, these trails cover Porter-Phelps-Huntington property, move along the scenic Connecticut River, and extend to Hadley’s Mount Warner.