Shumway Family Correspondence Comes to the Stone House

In December 2014, the Belchertown Historical Association acquired more than one hundred letters and other family material related to the Shumway & Works families of Belchertown. Delivered to the Stone House by owner John Schumacher-Hardy, these letters were mostly written to, and collected by, Mary (Works) Shumway. Though Mary and her husband George F. Shumway were both Belchertown natives, they were living in Monson during the time covered by most of the correspondence, roughly 1880-1910. George Shumway was the son of Loren and Harriet (Foster) Shumway. Mary was the daughter of John and Laura B. (Thresher) Works.

In addition to the letters, there is a large amount of genealogical material related to the Shumway, Works, Pratt, Coolidge, and Alden families. Anyone wishing to review these items, should make arrangements to visit the Stone House archives by contacting Cliff McCarthy at: