The Garden Club of Amherst has come by the Museum to work on our 18th century garden. We greatly appreciate the work that the Garden Club has put into our gardens, so this week we will feature the talk given by Ms Patricia Howland in 2015 ago on the Club’s centennial.
Her narrative of the Garden Club’s history also contains pieces of the town’s history, such as, that the first traffic light was installed in 1946.
The mission of the Amherst Historical Society is to connect people to the town of Amherst, its history, and its culture.
The Society was founded in 1899 by Mabel Loomis Todd, and in 1916 it moved into the historic Simeon Strong house. Over the years, the Society has collected a wide variety of resources for learning about the town of Amherst. We have artifacts dating back to the earliest days of the town, and papers and photographs from more recent years. On our website you may find links to walking tours of Amherst, a list of books about Amherst, and even a collection of historic postcards.
We host a biweekly lecture series, ‘History Bites,’ as well as evening performances and historic tours. Our eighteenth-century garden is maintained by the Garden Club of Amherst, and we have recently begun to host a Thursday evening farmers’ market on our front lawn.