Category Archives: Events

Lecture Series at the Stone House Museum

The Museum Committee has been sponsoring a Lecture Series open to the public at the Stone House. The purpose is to promote interest in and provide information on Belchertown’s history.  Past events:

October 16, 2014: “Boys in Blue” –Belchertown’s Civil War soldiers by Cliff McCarthy. It traced the soldiers’ lives from enlistment to “mustering out”.

November 13. 2014: “World War I: The Home Front” by Randi Shenkman, a poster series of recruitment and the sacrifices made by ordinary citizens.

December 11, 2014:   “Something of the Character Within” by Elizabeth Peirce and Sheila Damkoehler. Portraits of Swift River Valley children of the 19th and early 20th Centuries with discussion of clothes, poses, backdrops, and props.

January 29, 2015: “The Rescue of Angeline Palmer” by Cliff McCarthy. In 1840 a plan was made to sell Angeline, a ten year old free orphan, into slavery. She was saved by members of Amherst’s Black community.

March 19, 2015: “Talking with the Dead in Massachusetts” by Rob Cox. The focus was on the American Spiritualism movement of the 1850’s, its people and their beliefs, and activities in western Massachusetts.

April 26, 2015: “One Hundred Years of Sentinel History” by Peter Dearness. This will be presented at the annual meeting at the Masonic Lodge at 3:30 and is open to the public. We invite all to come.


Yuletide Fair

photo (2)It’s Time for our Yuletide Fair
The yuletide event is our major fundraiser of the year and we could not do it without your help. This year’s Yuletide Fair will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 9:00-3:00 at the Stone House. We have had enthusiastic support in years past and are hoping that this year we can count on your help again. If you are able to help in any way please contact Sally Shattuck (323-4239,
Theme Baskets:  Please consider donating a themed basket. Put together a collection of items around a theme of your choice. We are asking that all the baskets be delivered already assembled. Please include your name on the basket so that we can properly thank you.
Calling all crafters!!!  Your donations of wonderful, handcrafted items have stocked our sales room and enticed many visitors to pull out their wallets. Our reputation for beautiful and varied crafts has grown over the years and many people like to start their holiday shopping at this event. We look forward to increasing our sales and showcasing even more of your crafts. A small group of our “member elves” have been busy making holiday ornaments, both historical and traditional. We have décor for the homes, crocheted and knitted articles, sewn articles and gifting. We welcome all of you to donate your crafts to make this year better than ever.
Calling all bakers:  Visitors come in and search out your homemade delights at our Yuletide Bake Sale! You can start baking now and put things in the freezer or wait until the holiday spirit fills you with inspiration. Whatever it takes, please keep our bake sale in mind and bring your tasty items to the Stone House. We can do the packaging and pricing for you, but it is appreciated if you can do the packaging at home.
DROP OF TIMES:  Baskets, baked goods and crafts can be dropped off at the Stone House on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9-2, Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 5-7 or Friday, Nov. 7 from 4-6.
YOU, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIENDS,  YOUR NEIGHBORS, YOUR CO-WORKERS: Last but not least, your volunteer time is crucial to this event. We will be calling to organize our volunteers in the coming weeks and we hope we can count on you joining us for a few hours on Saturday, November 8th. PLEASE DON’T WAIT TO BE CALLED. Call us and volunteer, you won’t be disappointed.

Garden Tour July 12th

IMG_0555The Belchertown Historical Association is hosting it’s 6th Annual Garden Tour  on Saturday, July 12th  from 9:00-3:00. There will be gardens of many varieties on the tour this year; sun, shade, edible, expansive and simple. Lose yourself in the color and beauty of these gardens, but don’t forget to keep an eye out for all those interesting eye-catchers that are tucked away among the foliage.
A self-guiding tour map will be provided along with descriptions of the gardens. Tickets will be sold on the day of the event on the common.
•    Tickets purchased on the day of the event will be $14.
•     Tickets cost $12.00 if purchased in advance at the locations listed below.
Stadler Street Ace Hardware, Class Grass Garden Center, Andrew’s Greenhouse, Hadley Garden Center and Randall’s Farm Greenhouse.

This year’s garden tour is sponsored by Easthampton Saving Bank and Country Bank for Savings.