The Town of Buckland, Massachusetts is a small, rural, predominately agricultural community with a population of approximately 2,000 people. Buckland shares a downtown business district with the town of Shelburne and known as the Village of Shelburne Falls. The towns are separated by the Deerfield River and connected by the Iron Bridge and world famous Bridge of Flowers.
The Route 112 corridor bisects the town and is a scenic highway consisting of a number of small farms and open space. Buckland’s first settlers arrived in 1742 and the Town of Buckland was incorporated April 14, 1779. The town if conveniently located off of Route 2 and only 15 minutes west of I-91 in Greenfield.
Wilder Homestead, on Route 112, old 1775 saltbox house, filled with memorabilia. Barn on premises, housing weaving studio and displaying old farm implements. Also a cobbler's shop. Operated by Buckland Historical Society, same hours as museum or by appointment. The Wilder Homestead Sampler is held annually the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. Call 413-625-9763 for further information.
Buckland Historical Society Museum, former schoolhouse on Upper Street in Buckland Center. Displays include early kitchen furniture, tools and photographs of local school groups. Open second and fourth Sundays of July and August, from 2 to 4 p.m. (413) 625-9763 for further information.
Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, This car was built by Wason Manufacturing Co. in Springfield MA in 1896. It was delivered new to Shelburne Falls and has never left the valley. For thirty years it served its namesake towns. For twenty years it crossed the Deerfield River on what is now the famous Bridge of Flowers. Saved by a local farmer, it spent sixty-five years as a chicken coop, tool shed and play house. Now, through the efforts of the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, you can ride it in the same freight yard where it used to load and unload passengers, apples, mail, milk and other freight, one hundred years ago.
Mohawk Trail Regional High School - located on Route 112 minutes from Shelburne Falls. The public school currently serves grades 7–12 for nine towns.
Every year on the Second Saturday in August, the Bridge of Flowers Road Race takes place in the village of Shelburne Falls, with a large part of the course running through Buckland. Over 1,000 runners come out to compete in one of the toughest races in New England, mainly due to the long stretch up Crittenden Hill.
Moonlight Magic - Yearly event that is everyone's favorite takes place the day after Thanksgiving. The streets along downtown Shelburne Falls area will be lined with luminarias, lampposts wrapped in lights, and festively decorated storefront displays. Village trees, including a Community Tree, will be illuminated throughout the area for all to admire. Stroll the village, enjoying the festive storefront displays, and stopping in the shops to find the perfect gifts for those on your list.
Every year on the Second Saturday in August, the Bridge of Flowers Road Race takes place in the village of Shelburne Falls, with a large part of the course running through Buckland. Over 1,000 runners come out to compete in one of the toughest races in New England, mainly due to the long stretch up Crittenden Hill in Buckland.
Buckland Recreation Area, 21 acres off Route 112. Basketball, softball, cross-country skiing, fishing, picnicking and nature observing. Season or day passes available, new pool! Reservations for large parties (pavilion rental). 413-625-6330.
Buckland Rider Snowmobile Club is a community organization dedicated to maintaining and improving local snowmobile trails and to working in cooperation with other land users and land owners/managers to maintain trail access for winter recreation. The club works to promote snowmobiling as a family oriented sport and participates in state level associations to promote and protect snowmobiling as a sport, and does fundraising to help pay for trail maintenance, trail improvement projects, and equipment.
The Buckland side of Shelburne Falls has several shops, galleries, and a few restaurants that are among the local favorites.
Nancy L. Dole Books & Ephemera is a small and charming bookstore located around the corner from the Bridge of Flowers featuring vintage local history books, maps, and special interest titles.
Ann Brauer has her own Quilt Studio overlooking the Deerfield River, where she receives a lot of her inspiration for her quilts.
The Art Garden is a community supported art-making place, which runs programs like ARTeens and events like the Hill-town Draw Around.
Established in 1837, Lamson and Goodnow is the oldest cutlery manufacturer in the United States. Their knives and kitchen tools are masterfully created to offer an unrivaled, professional-quality product to expect chefs and home culinary enthusiasts alike. Their Factory Outlet is located next to Lamson's original factory which offers their signature cutlery at discounted prices.
The Lamson and Goodnow buildling has been transformed into an amazing studio space known as the Mill at Shelburne Falls. This is now home to many local artisans and recently added the Ravens Used Book Store.
McCusker's Market - Local food coop that is a charming organic small grocery store located in the heart of the downtown.
Blue Rock Restaurant - Located lower level of the Salmon Falls Gallery that overlooks the Deerfield River and Village. In the summer there is a large porch where you can sit outside and enjoy the views while having your favorite foods and drinks. Make sure you make reservations, as this is a hometown favorite.
West End Pub - Sited at the entrance of the Bridge of Flowers, this restaurant has a great menu and views of the Deerfield River and Bridge of Flowers.
Buckland Pizza - Family owned restaurant with Italian dishes and great selection of pizza.
Floodwater Brewing Company beer is proudly crafted with an emphasis on local ingredients. The brewery and tasting room sit along the Deerfield River and overlook the picturesque Bridge of Flowers.
Mo's Fudge Factor - Yummy fresh fudge and confections at a local shop located on the Buckland side of Shleburne Falls. They also provide fudge to small shops throughout New England.
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