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Local Lifestyles: Leverett, Mass

leverett massachusettsThe town of Leverett, in Franklin County, is adjacent to the Five College area of Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, Mt. Holyoke and the University of Massachusetts.  

Its diverse population of about 1,900 is a rich mixture of teachers, students, farmers, lumbermen, gardeners, artists, professionals in the areas of medicine, law, and telecommunications.

Four villages comprise the town: Leverett Center, East Leverett, North Leverett and Moores Corner. The major road through town is Route 63, which connects Leverett to Amherst to the south and Montague to the north.

 

The Outdoors

In the center of town is the Leverett Pond, a beautiful 100+-acre lake. The pond offers fishing, boating, and swimming. The Friends of Leverett Pond, a local non-profit organization, works hard to preserve the pond through the management of invasive species, dam maintenance, recreational opportunities, and safety for humans and wildlife.

Rattlesnake Gutter, is a deep glacial ravine featuring scenic rock formations. Rattlesnake Gutter Road is a narrow roadway that travels along part of the ravine. The area may be reached by taking Montague Road from Route 63. The road is closed to vehicles but open for hiking and bicycling.

Nearby are many hiking trails on conservation area, including Rattlesnake Hill, Doolittle Brook, and Marvell Family Conservation Area, to name a few.
 

History and Landmarks

Leverett Historical Society, a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of Leverett’s history, is housed in the old Moore's Corner schoolhouse on North Leverett Road. The society puts on events and maintains the Leverett Family Museum, a small rural museum with artifacts and archives relating to Leverett’s history.

Old Charcoal Kilns, on Old Coke Kiln Road near Moores Corner, are where charcoal was produced in abundance some 200 years ago. Accessible by taking Route 63 to North Leverett Road, then taking a right onto Old Coke Kiln Road.

Local community members completed The New England Peace Pagoda, the first of its kind in America, in 1985. It stands as a symbol of aspiration and hope for peace. The caretakers live on the property, however the public is welcome to visit the grounds and view the beautiful Pagoda, the new temple, the gardens and lily pond.
 

Local Favorites

Joy Friedman, local potter, has her own pottery store in Leverett. Check out her gallery with hand-crafted items for sale and her classes in throwing pottery.

The Leverett Village Co-op is a specialty food market selling locally-grown produce, organic beer and wine, fresh bakery items, and sandwiches.The co-op started 50 years ago and continues to be a wonderful place for locals to shop and meet to enjoy local food and beverages.


Real Estate in Leverett

If you are looking to buy a single family home, land to build your dream home, farm, or second home in Leverett, 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 visit the town website.

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




 

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