To many residents of Franklin County, Greenfield is considered the “big city.” When Franklin County was formed in 1811, Greenfield was designated as the county seat. It is the center of life and the commercial and cultural hub of the northern Pioneer Valley. Conveniently located at the intersection of Interstate 91 and Route 2/The Mohawk Trail, residents of the town love Greenfield because it has a variety of restaurants, shops, markets, professional businesses, and yet still offers ways to get outside and enjoy nature.
The Energy Park, an urban greenspace in downtown Greenfield is the town’s newest park. The park has sustainable energy exhibits such as solar panels, herb and native plant gardens, and a Boston and Maine railroad caboose with an exhibit inside. Plus, a bandstand is used for weekly concerts and other special functions.
To get the best view of the town, hike up to Poet’s Seat Tower, a sandstone observation tower on Rocky Mountain. The tower was given its name in honor of the long tradition of poets being drawn to that spot. There are a variety of trails to explore which offer views of the surrounding hills, the countryside, and the Connecticut River.
Griswold/GTD Conservation Area is also a great place to explore outside, with hiking trails, wetlands, grasslands, and open space.
Greenfield is also home to Greenfield Community College, which offers programs and services to the community beyond its 3,400 students. The Pioneer Valley Institute at GCC promotes the Connecticut River Valley through programs, exhibits, and field trips for people of all ages. Its purpose is to examine and celebrate the region’s history, cultures and arts, geology and natural life, and agricultural and industrial traditions. The GCC campus also hosts the Green River Festival, a three-day music and hot air balloon festival, each summer. The festival was born in 1986 and since then has featured well-known artists such as Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Lucinda Williams, and Buddy Guy.
The Pioneer Valley Symphony and Chorus is among the oldest symphony orchestras in the country. In the summer, they hold "Summer Sings," an opportunity for members of the community to sing major choral works on an informal basis.
Franklin County Fair takes place in Greenfield in September. This family-fun fair is coordinated by the Franklin County Agricultural Society and features craft and food vendors, performers, a parade, and a demo derby.
There is no shortage of good food in Greenfield. With all of the surrounding agricultural towns, Greenfield’s restaurants and markets offer amazing local products.
Green Field’s Market, part of Franklin Community Co-op, is a natural foods store, which offers healthy ready-made foods and locally-sourced groceries. The People’s Pint brewery and restaurant, serves delicious meals using local ingredients alongside their own craft beer. Hope & Olive, an "every-day special restaurant” owned by siblings, promotes local food and simplicity in their menu.
Lefty’s Brewing Company is a craft brewery in Greenfield, which offers samples in their tasting room and tours on Fridays and Saturdays.
Greenfield is rich in arts and music, with many artists, galleries, music venues, and more.
The Giessler Gallery at Stoneleigh Burnham School, promotes successful and professional women artists to its students. The gallery offers four different exhibits throughout the year, and includes gallery talks when the artist speaks about her work and her career.
The Root Cellar is a music venue that promotes all things local, from the musicians they host to the beer, wine, and cocktails they serve.
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