The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum welcomes Amherst Northampton, and Pelham Residents for Community Day

June 25, 2017


HADLEY, MA—The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum invites all residents of Amherst, Pelham, and Northampton to a Community Day on Sunday, June 25, 2017 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.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum provides a detailed look at the role of one family in the span of over 200 years of history in the Connecticut Valley. The home, built in 1752, is preserved to its circa 1800 structure and interior décor. During a tour of the house, visitors witness the impact of historical events like the Revolutionary War, the abolition of slavery, learn more about the changing role of women, and the impact of various theological movements on local society. A visit to the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House allows guests to experience the evolution of a nation as seen through the eyes of one local family.

Today, the house is not only host to historical interpretation, but also to weekly concerts and teas. Wednesday evenings from June 7th through July 26th, the Museum presents Wednesday Folk Traditions, an annual concert series featuring talented musicians working in a vast array of traditions, cultures, genres, and sounds, ranging from traditional American folk singers to diverse international ensembles. Every Saturday afternoon in July through August, the Museum hosts “A Perfect Spot of Tea,” where guests are invited to relax on the back porch, sample desserts and tea from local restaurants and bakeries, and listen to talented local musicians.

In addition, “Beautiful People in The World,” Portraits from my Travels, an exhibit by Robert Markey, is on display in the Corn Barn. The exhibit showcases the many faces that Markey has encountered in his travels in his work with kids and communities across the globe.