The Town of Northfield is located north of Franklin County with easy access to Greenfield, Brattleboro, VT and Keene, NH. It is a town of farmland, forested hills, streams, wetlands and wildlife and the only town in Massachusetts situated on both sides of the Connecticut River.
The Town of Northfield was an early attraction for colonial settlers due to its rich and fertile plains along the Connecticut River, and Europeans had begun farming there in 1673. Northfield's early fame was based on land, but its later international reputation was built on missionaries. The town was known for producing large numbers of Protestant missionaries. In 1879, Northfield Seminary was established. The girls' school later grew into the Northfield School for Girls, now Northfield Mount Hermon School.
First Light/GDF Suez sited their pumped-storage hydroelectric facility in Northfield and also use the location for a wildlife exhibit and visitor center. The utility company provides boat tours on the Connecticut River and has year-round recreational and education programs. Northfield is one of the cultural centers of Franklin County.
The Town of Northfield has a picturesque Main Street that is surrounded by beautiful landscape.
In the summer, residents come together for the Annual Northfield Community Picnic. Everyone meets up on the grass at Kiwanis Park, a local recreational area with a playground and pavilion.
The Dickinson Memorial Library is located in a historic building with original tiled floor and stained glass windows, with wireless internet access.
Northfield Historical Society is the town agency responsible for ensuring that preservation concerns are considered in community planning and development decisions. As advocates of local preservation we are also a resource for information about historical resources and preservation activities.
D.L. Moody Museum, at the corner of Moody Street and Highland Aveue, presents the life and career of 19th century evangelist Dwight Lyman Moody, who founded the boys' school and girls' school that merged to become Northfield Mount Hermon in 1971. Among the items exhibited in a special wing of Moody's birthplace are photographs, statues of him and his bronze death mask.
Deerfield Valley Art Association was formed in 1931 by artists local to Pioneer Valley and the hill towns. While visiting the gallery, be sure to stop in to Fiddleheads Gift Shop where you will find handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion.
Northfield has a variety of recreational outdoor activities. Close to the village is Northfield Golf Club, a 9-hole golf course surrounded by 56 acres of wetlands and nature trails. Northfield Mountain, site of the pumped-storage hydroelectric plant and reservoir, has a recreation and environmental center. Offering four-season recreation, the center is located on a beautiful mountainside and has picnic areas, campsites, river access at Barton Cove and rock climbing at Rose Ledge.
At Pauchaug Brook, a wildlife management area, there is a boat ramp with access to the Connecticut River. Camping and small game hunting is allowed there.
The West Northfield Playground, a local favorite hang-out has playing fields and a pavilion with cooking facilities.
Northfield Food Mart is a popular convenience store and market.
Northfield Creamie, a small ice cream shop located on the Main Street. They have a great selection of ice cream!
Mim's Market - Small Market in the heart of Northfield Massachusetts, serving up hot local coffee, local goods.
The Brewery at Four Star Farms - Drink brews made from ingredients you can literally watch grow from the place where the beer is being made. The family of farmers partnered up with our favorite brewer to bring you a full line up of beers showcasing our farm’s hops and grain... and built the brewery right in between two big, beautiful hop yards.
Cameron’s Winery are open for indoor and outdoor tastings or wine by the glass. You may bring your own glass. You can shop for snacks in our Charcuterie and Cheese Shop. It is stuffed with everything to design your own charcuterie tray to pair perfectly with your favorite wine. The winery is all about small unique batches and they embrace that nature grows its fruit differently across seasons, across the farmlands. The wine making decisions about yeasts and processes are as individual as the personality of each fruit. They make 9 families of wine Dark Fruit, Light Fruit, Citrus, Maple, Cider, Tropical, Honey, Chocolate and Hard Fruits and Bubbly Wines.
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