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Heritage Tourism

A guest once observed "History is on the surface here." To experience the rich history of Northfield, walk the wide Main Street past stately Federal, Neo-Classical and Gothic Revival style homes with our walking guide. Later, take a gentle hike up King Philip's Hill, where the famous sachem camped overlooking the Connecticut River and met the captive Mary Rowlandson. Exploring your genealogy? The Dickinson Memorial Library (northfieldpubliclibrary.org) has a Northfield History Room, and the Northfield Historical Society offers programs several times a year--consult our Calendar.

To travel farther back in time, take a self-guided Geologic Walking Tour of Turners Falls courtesy of the JurassicRoadShow.wordpress.com to discover dinosaur tracks from the Jurassic period, followed by a trip to the Berneski Museum of Natural History (amherst.edu/museums/naturalhistory) at Amherst College to see dramatic evidence of dinosaur life in the Valley. Great family fun!

Other places to explore the history of the region within easy driving distance from the inn are:

To the North of Centennial House:
Southwestern New Hampshire Covered Bridges, Swanzey NH
Tasha Tudor Museum, Brattleboro, Vermont
Brattleboro Art Museum, Brattleboro, Vermont

To the South:
Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, Mass.
Museum of Our Industrial Heritage, Greenfield, Mass.
Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Shelburne Falls, Mass.
Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Mass.
Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, Mass.
Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, Mass.
Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass.
Amherst History Museum/Strong House, Amherst
Historic Northampton, Northampton, Mass.
Sojourner Truth Memorial, Florence, Mass.
Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, Mass.
Springfield Museums, five museums and the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden, in the Quadrangle, Springfield, Mass.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Mass.