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“Forty Acres” as it looked ca. 1929

During the spring and summer, there is no lovelier spot along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts than the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum in Hadley. Located just five miles west of Amherst center, it is a graceful setting reminiscent of New England’s Colonial age: a large, sturdy house built in 1752 (with no structural changes made on it since 1799), surrounded by protected farmland, forest and, of course, the river.  The museum’s reopening for the summer, offering house tours and a variety of cultural events throughout the season, presents a good opportunity to talk about the documentary riches that are found in the papers associated with these Hadley families.   The papers, measuring 101 linear feet, are kept here in Archives and Special Collections.  They document the history of one extended family over a period of 270 years or eight generations.

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