Celebrate with Shelburne as it turns 250 years old! There is a full weekend of events planned including dinner, dancing, farm tours, a parade, food and craft vendors, live bands, square dancing, children’s games, militia re-enactment, fireworks, book sale, and more. It is sure to be a great time for family, community members, and anyone else who wants to join in the celebration of this wonderful town.
Shelburne is located in Franklin County, west of Greenfield along the Mohawk Trail (State Route 2). It was first settled in 1756 as part of Deerfield, MA and was later incorporated as a town in 1775. Much of the history of Shelburne is based in the vicinity of Shelburne Falls, a small village composed of part of Buckland and part of Shelburne. Shelburne has been largely an agricultural town. However, the manufacturing industry thrived in Shelburne Falls due to the railroad through town and the existence of Lamson and Goodnow, a cutlery manufacturing company. Today, Shelburne Falls is geared more towards the tourism industry with a variety of shops, galleries, and eateries. The rest of Shelburne remains beautifully natural, with dairy farms, sugarhouses, orchards, and majestic rolling hills.
Don’t miss the chance to celebrate this milestone for Shelburne this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Here is the full schedule for the weekend:
Friday, June 22
5:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony, Baptist Corner Lot, Main Street
6-10:30 p.m. Reception dinner and dancing at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, tickets $25
Saturday, June 23
All day - self-guided tours of 100-year old farms
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - crafts & skill from yesteryear on display, plus quilt show at First Congregational Church
1 p.m. - militia camp set-up at Shelburne Historical Society
3 p.m. Parade starting at Cricket Field and ending at Buckland Elementary School
4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Food & craft vendors, children's games, square dancing, live bands at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School
9:30 p.m. Fireworks
Sunday, June 24 (rain date for Saturday events)
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Militia re-enactment - 10th MA Volunteer Infantry Militia Company C
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open House at Historical Society