HADLEY, MA—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.  

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 12th through July 24th, 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. 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.

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.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is located at 130 River Drive (Route 47) in Hadley, two miles north of the junction of Routes 9 and 47 North. For further information about the Museum and its programs, visit or call the Museum at (413) 584-4699.