Plainfield Historical Society Offers Online Resource, Rich Hilltown History!

Plainfield Historical Society Unveils Website Full of Local History

“In 2003 the Plainfield Historical Society acquired a 1.5 acre parcel along the Mill Brook in Plainfield where there’s a story waiting to be told. The Plainfield mill site contains remnants of three mill foundations that date from the early 19th century through the first decade of the 20th century Thanks to the Historical Society’s conservation effort, the public will soon be able to visit the trio of mill site remains, which illustrate the technological innovation and basic evolution of early water-powered industry in Massachusetts.” – Source: Plainfield Massachusetts Historical Society

Bring local history to life as you plan family activities for the summer! Thanks to Plainfield resident, Lori Austion, The  Plainfield Historical Society has recently unveiled their new website (  Although a work in progress, it’s filled with a rich amount of information on local historical sites and homes, notable former community members in the Hilltowns, and self-guided historical tours that history buffs of all ages can participate in!

Studying local history can be an incredibly enriching and experience for students of all ages that nurtures a sense of place. For younger students, a look at community history provides learning opportunities where kids can physically experience the historical places that they learn about. Older students can benefit from such studies, too, as it will help them to put broad knowledge of American and world history into a local context – they will learn how larger scale changes and events affected their own community and physical surroundings.

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Franklin Land Trust Fall Festival in the Hilltowns!

Franklin Land Trust Fall Festival
Guyette Farm in Plainfield, MA
Saturday, October 20th from 12noon-7pm

Hilltown Families is a proud co-sponsor of the Franklin Land Trust’s Fall Festival at the Guyette Farm in Plainfield, MA on Saturday, October 20th from 12noon-7pm.

The Franklin Land Trust will offer a day of activities for all ages at the historic Guyette Farm in Plainfield. On Saturday, October 20, from 12noon-7pm, community members can enjoy guided walks, a scavenger hunt, pumpkin painting, a farm petting zoo, hayrides and an evening bonfire.

Members of the Student Conservation Corps will also lead nature games and activities for kids. Volunteers from Hilltown Families will be at the festival to answer questions and explain how the community can plug into and support the network. Admission and activities are free. Food will available for purchase, or bring your own picnic.

Hayman creator and Plainfield artist Michael Melle will also offer a Scarecrow-Making Workshop from 12noon-4pm. Melle is famous for his lifelike and playful hay and stick sculptures. Materials will be provided and families and groups are welcome to form a single team and create a scarecrow together. Details provided with registration. Check out Michael’s amazing work at There is a $50 materials fee per scarecrow team and pre-registration is required. Call FLT at 413-625-9151 for details or go to the FLT web site at

This event is part of the Franklin Land Trust 25th anniversary celebration. FLT is a non-profit organization that works with landowners and communities to protect the farms, forests, and other natural resources significant to the environmental quality, economy and rural character of the region. Founded in 1987, they are celebrating 25 years and 25,000 acres of conserved land in our region. The Fall Festival is co-sponsored by Hilltown Families and funded in part by the Ashfield, Cummington and Plainfield Cultural Councils and Franklin Fund of the Community Foundation of Western MA.

Energy Committee Forming in the Hilltowns

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Davio Danielson of Plainfield, MA writes:

Dear Friends, especially Plainfielders,

At the recent Plainfield Town Meeting, an Energy Committee for the town was discussed. I’d like to form one. I’m even ready to put in some work if there are at least 3 others who’d like to play. Plainfield has great wind and solar sites, and we’re so teeny that it would be easy to qualify as a Green Community. There may be grant money available. Perhaps we can even revitalize some historic water-power sites…

Let’s have a cookout at Crooked Pond or Nine Mountain and kick it around. If you’re interested, even in coming to just one meeting, please send me an email. If you have an interested friend who’s not on-line please have him/her call me. Many thanks.

Davio Danielson

Keep it Local: 2010 Hilltown Business Directory

Hilltown Business Directory to List 350 Local Businesses

The annual Hilltown Business Directory, published both in print and online by the Hilltown Community Development Corporation (HCDC), a community non-profit in Chesterfield, MA, is preparing its expanded 2010 edition.

The Hilltown Business Directory will list 350 local businesses in 20 towns, by category, by name, and by town. This 160 page reference book will be used all year by local residents. The Directory makes it easy for residents to support their neighbors by using locally available products and services, thereby strengthening the hilltown economy and preserving and creating local jobs.

The 2010 Directory will be mailed in early January to every one of the 13,000 households in 20 towns, including

  • Ashfield in Franklin County;
  • Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington in Hampshire County;
  • Blandford, Chester, Montgomery and Russell in Hampden County;
  • Becket, Hinsdale, Otis, Peru, Washington and Windsor in Berkshire County.

The online version of the Hilltown Business Directory is available all year at

Listings and ads must be received by September 25. More information, and space reservation forms, are available at, or by calling 413-296-4536.  Read the rest of this entry »

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