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New Discoveries about Old Tavern Farm – May 22 2024

Posted on May 20, 2024 in Local events, Local history | 0 comments

The Historical Society of Greenfield will host Gary Sanderson for a program titled “New Discoveries about Old Tavern Farm and its Greenfield Meadows Neighborhood” on Wednesday, May 22, at 6 p.m. in the Whiteman Room at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St.

Sanderson will share new information he has unearthed since submitting this property to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Old Tavern Farm is located at 817 Colrain Road and dates back to 1740. It’s a farm complex begun during the Colonial period and continuing into the 19th century. The farmstead itself is Federal-style architecture, with a center chimney.

Parking is free in the church lot or on the street. Guests are advised to use the entrance on the east side of the building.

Map to the Farm

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2024 Speaker Series and Events Calendar

Posted on May 13, 2024 in Local events | 0 comments

2024 Speaker Series and Events Calendar for the Historical Society of Greenfield

43 Church Street will be open to the public Saturdays from noon to 3 pm from May 11 to September 28.

The HSG Speaker Series will be held at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Wednesdays at 6 pm in the Whiteman Room.

MAY 22: New Discoveries Pertaining to Old Tavern Farm and its Greenfield Meadows Neighborhood. Gary Sanderson will share some of the new twists he’s discovered since submitting the National Register narrative.  

JUNE 12:  Writing about Greenfield’s Historic Women in Business.
Sara Campbell and Shari Strahan will talk about how the records found in Greenfield City Hall began a years-long research project into women’s hidden history, leading to their book, Did Grandma Have a Filling Station?.

SEPTEMBER 18: King Philip’s War: The War in Your Backyard,
in which David Brule will focus on local events in that war and updates from the on-going Battlefield study, involving Greenfield and current archaeology there. 

October 16: Restoring History: Historical Home Preservation and Renovation
Join member Thad O. for a discussion of some of Greenfield’s oldest homes and our host’s journey preserving a 277 year old home.

JULY 20: Ice Cream Social Special Event  
The annual ice cream social is usually a birthday party in memory of founder Mary P. Wells Smith. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the memory of the late Peter S. Miller. Please join us on the lawn at 43 Church Street for ice cream, music, and memories of our late local historian and see the new Research Room named in his honor.

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NEPM – May 4 and 5 – Greenfield on the picketlines

Posted on May 2, 2024 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“At Sword’s Point” will be broadcast on 88.5 NEPM on Saturday, May 4 at noon and Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m.

This hour-long radio documentary, hosted by public historian Tom Goldscheider, recounts these dramatic events of the early 1950s, while also providing important context on the machine tool industry of Greenfield, Massachusetts — once a center of global innovation — as well as the origins of the United Electrical Workers Union, or UE.

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Talk March 13 (GF Library) Did Grandma have a filling station ?

Posted on Mar 9, 2024 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you missed the initial presentation you have a chance again this coming week, March 13 at the Greenfield Library.
Local authors Sara Campbell and Shari Strahan will talk about their book and research.

In exploring the town files, they found documentation addressing the special handling of women owning businesses, and the Married Woman’s Property Act of 1855, leading to many interesting stories.  A number of these are documented in their new book.

Greenfield records of women owned businesses registered under the Married Woman’s Property Act.

You can get the book at the talk, signed of course, or at Lulu (appropriately enough)

Scroll down and see a chapter.


More articles about their talks at:


And here is a chapter to seed your interest:

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Spring Terrace Lecture on Video

Posted on Nov 21, 2023 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you missed the Spring Terrace Lecture or even want to revisit it,
you now can, thanks to GCTV:

Earlier posts at: About Spring Terrace

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