Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum, Hadley

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The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House, known as Forty Acres, is an

18th-century farm on the banks of the Connecticut River that today

interprets life in rural New England over three centuries. Through

the words, spaces, and possessions of the women and men who lived here,

the Museum portrays the activities of a prosperous and productive

18th-century farmstead. Members of this household along with numerous

artisans, servants, and slaves made "Forty Acres" an important social

and commercial link in local, regional, and national cultural and

economic networks. Throughout the 19th century the family

transformed the estate into a rural retreat. In the 20th century the

house was preserved as a museum by family members and now contains the

possessions of six generations of this extended family.

The house was built in 1752 by Moses and Elizabeth Porter on a tract of land known as “Forty Acres and its skirts.” These acres had been owned in common by the householders in the northeast quarter of the stockaded town of Hadley when it was laid out in 1659. After the Porter's only child, Elizabeth, married Charles Phelps in 1770, the house was enlarged and refined. Since 1799 there have been no structural changes.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House is open to the public from May 15 until October 14, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm, Friday through Tuesday (closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays). It is open mornings by appointment only. For information on tours and special programs, please call the staff during the afternoons at (413) 584-4699. Admission to the house is $5.00 for adults, $1.00 for children under twelve. A guided tour takes approximately one hour.
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  • I have always been very interested in the lives and times of early America. This place was a fulfilling experience in this area. First, our tour guide(a student at a near by college) was... 
    I have always been very interested in the lives and times of early America. This place was a fulfilling experience in this area. First, our tour guide(a student at a near by college) was...  more »
  • We popped into this quaint small museum and it was tea time with jazz playing! The host was kind and sweet, the museum was very interesting with large boards explaining the history. Hope to make the.....  more
    We popped into this quaint small museum and it was tea time with jazz playing! The host was kind and sweet, the museum was very interesting with large boards explaining the history. Hope to make the.....  more »
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  • Nice historical farm. The Summer concert series is something special. The outdoor venue is unique. Staff is pleasant and courteous. The performers are extremely talented and put on a great show. A mini- Tanglewood. Bring your own food and drinks and have a delightful picnic while enjoying the show.
  • A wonderful historic home filled with the personality of 6 generations of the same family. Not slick and glossy, one can imagine families living there. The women are who linked generations together are preeminent in the interpretation.

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