Cummington Historical Commission News
The Kingman Tavern Museum will open for the 2017 summer season on July 8 from 2-5 pm. Guided tours are offered of the Tavern. The Barn and Carriage Shed tours are self-guided. Refreshments are served on the lawn & picnicking is encouraged. Admission is free, however donations are accepted. We invite you to visit.
Housed in an early 1800s tavern, the Kingman Tavern Museum facility consists of a furnished house and several outbuildings housing over 5000 artifacts depicting Cummington history from the late 1700s to the mid-1900s. Most items were lovingly donated by Cummington families in honor of their ancestors. While the rich display is not categorized by discrete time period, it collectively presents a mosaic of 200 years of farm, industrial and domestic life in a small western Massachusetts hilltown.
The two story house, used as a tavern in the early 19th century, includes a replica of a well-stocked general store, a kitchen, parlor rooms and bedrooms, as well as rooms dedicated to textiles, military history, light industry, millinery and clothing.
Please call Pat at 413-563-1981 or Carla at 413-695-6569 for more information.
A brief and helpful video from Evsersource about how residents can respond to the ongoing problem of aggressive marketing approaches by certain competitive energy suppliers. Some of these marketers are falsely claiming to represent Eversource in an effort to pressure a response or threaten action. From Evsersource: "Eversource never resorts to this type of communication with our customers. This video explains how residents can identify aggressive marketing tactics and what action they can take." Click here for video
The Town's recycling rate in 2016 was 33.5%, a 1.8% improvement from 2015. Click here for a list of tips to recycle properly while shifting more of your household trash to the recycling bin.
Giant Hogweed -- Avoid direct contact with this plant! The clear, watery sap of giant hogweed contains toxins that cause phytophotodermatitis. Skin coated with this sap can become sensitive to sunlight and develop painful, burning blisters. Click here for more info and how to report sightings to the State MDAR.
The William Culllent Bryant Homestead is now open Saturdays and Sundays for tours at 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm.
The 2016-2017 Massachusetts Municipal Guide is now available online. Click here to access guide.
The attached "Take it or Leave it shed Guidelines.pdf" is a helpful introduction to the new shed near the Transfer Station office. Submit your items at the office. Click here for guidelines.