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Local Lifestyles: Montague, Massachusetts

Montague, MassachusettsMontague stands as another cultural focal point within Franklin County. It extends north of Leverett and is made up of five distinct villages—Montague Center, Montague City, Turners Falls, Millers Falls, and Lake Pleasant. Situated to the west is the Connecticut River, featuring a historic dam and canal constructed in the 1800s to supply affordable power to mills. Presently, the Turners Falls dam boasts a fish ladder facilitating the upstream journey of fish for spawning. A designated viewing facility offers visitors the opportunity to witness the impressive spectacle of fish navigating a series of ladders to surmount the dam.

Bordered by Greenfield to the northwest, Deerfield to the west, Leverett to the south, and Wendell to the east, Montague is traversed by MA Route 2 just north of its expanse. Additionally, MA Routes 47 and 63 intersect the town from north to south, contributing to its accessible and well-connected landscape.


The Outdoors

Locals love to take their bikes along the treasured Canalside Rail Trail. At almost four miles long, this bike trail offers beautiful views of the Connecticut River and stretches from Turners Falls to Deerfield. The trail’s terminus is at the award-winning Unity Park in Turners Falls. The park is situated next to the river and boasts a playground, volleyball and basketball courts, a variety of gardens, and a paved walking path with outdoor fitness stations.


Local Events

Montague comes alive each year with an array of vibrant festivals, fairs, and special events. In August, the Montague Mug Race draws runners for a 5.5-mile race with a challenging uphill section during the first mile. Also in August, the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival unfolds as a celebration of Native American art, music, and culture.

Come October, the Great Falls Festival, Fall Fest, takes the spotlight, featuring a display of Jack-O-Lanterns, musical performances, fire dances, and a festive beer tent. 


Local Favorites

Montague has many local favorite shops and restaurants. The Montague Bookmill, which overlooks the Sawmill River is a small grouping of shops including a used bookstore, bar and café, restaurant, music and video store, and art shops. Its slogan, “Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find,” speaks to its elusive and dreamlike nature.

For a variety of delicious eateries, Turners Falls is the place to go with local favorites like The Rendezvous, Great Falls Harvest, and Five Eyed Fox


Turners Falls

The town offices of Montague are located in Turners Falls, the most populated and industrialized section of Montague, and location of the Turners Falls Municipal Airport. The Shea Theater, an old movie house turned center for performing arts and the Great Falls Discovery Center, a natural history museum for the Connecticut River which also hosts monthly live music, are also in Turners Falls. Plus, a variety of shops and restaurants can be found in the center of town.


Real Estate in Montague, Mass.

If you are looking to buy a single family home, land to build your dream home, farm, or second home in Montague, Mass, click here for the latest list of what is currently on the market. You can also contact Wanda Mooney to learn more about the area and the process of moving. 


For more information about community happenings and real estate news visit Wanda's Blog at www.wandamooney.com/blog.


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