Massachusetts Journals

Towns of the Mohawk Trail

A September 2005 trip to Massachusetts by lharri

Hairpin Turn  North Adams Photo, Boston, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: The towns along the Mohawk Trail are as different as the people living in Massachusetts. It stretches from Shirley/Ayer to the New York border.

Towns of the Mohawk Trail

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Tepee Charlemont Mohawk Trail Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The trail is an historic adventure. These photos were taken in the mid 1970s when I brought my children when they were quite young. Route 2 turns into the Mohawk Trail by some folks official designation in Greenfield. Others feel that Erving or Turners Falls is the start. However, in my estimation, it begins once you pass Gardner. Route 2 is one of the two main roads in Massachusetts that join Boston to New York State. It is the one that provides access to the northern half of the state and the Mohawk Trail. The other is the Mass Pike. The Pike is faster but does not have the history or the character. At one time it was the main road to Boston for anyone in western New England who had a need to see a ...Read More
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Erving is a small town in Massachusetts that is approximately 14 square miles. The length of Route 2 running through Erving is 14 miles. The town was formed in 1838 and the regions fifth largest employer, Eriving Paper,has been a fixture in town on Route 2 since 1905, over 100 years. It is an interesting sight on its own. Along with Erving State Forest and Laurel Lake, and the Hermit Castle, Erving leads to the French King Bridge which connects Erving with the town of Gill....Read More
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The town ofCharlemontis 18 miles from Greenfield on Route 2 in Massachusetts.Charlemont is an unassuming town with some pretty remarkable adventures awaitingyou. Provided by Zoar Outdoor,there is adventure such as the likes of whitewater rafting, canoe and kayak instruction located on Massachusetts' Deerfield River. Zoar Outdoor also has a very rustic campground offering with modern conveniences like a payphone, flush toilets and coin operated showers not far from the sites. You will find lodging offerings of varied tastes. For a ta...Read More
Hairpin Turn  North Adams Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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This is the story of a college town in the shadows of a much more affluent community.North Adams at one time was a part of Adams. It is now the secondlargest communities in Berkshire county. My son went to college inNorth Adams. at North Adams State, which is now called MassachusettsCollege of Liberal Arts, MCLA. At the time that he graduated from NorthAdams State the town was in dire straights. Even though it is the heartof the Berkshires, one of the most beautiful areas in the country,Williamstown, on t...Read More

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Elk Memorial - Mohawk Trail Photo, Massachusetts, United States
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Yes, Florida! This is a tiny town with 763 citizens residing on just less than 16 acres. Incorporate in 1805 it just passed it's bicentennial. Due to elevation although agriculture is it's major industry, agriculture is limited to potatoes, wool maple sugar and the famous Florida Mountain Turnip. It leads to the trails highest point, Whitcomb Summit (2,172 feet above sea level), and the views are spectacular. It has been nicknamed America's Switzerland due to record snowfalls. This is where you will find the W Whitcomb Summit. Motel and Cabins and Cafe with a truly awesome view. They are closed for the...Read More
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Yes, as mentioned in my previous review on Colonial Williamsburg, Deerfield is the other location where Yankee Candle, phone: (877) 636-7707, has a huge retail location that is more like an entertainment experience. There are Group Tours, scheduled events and an award winning restaurant on site. It was featured on the travel channel in the "Made in America" series. As far as the town itself, based on some very...Read More