Historical Society of Amherst
Whether your goal is to show support for our aims, attend meetings and get
acquainted with the town and its people, pitch in actively with our efforts
to preserve our rich history, or all of the above, we invite you to join our
Society! Just click on the membership application above.
We have five general membership meetings a year, where both members and
non-members enjoy programs on an array of
historical topics. As a member, you will also receive six
newsletters a year with information on current activities and articles
of historic interest.
Amherst is a town steeped in history. Here are just a few highlights
. . .
|Amherst Village is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.|
|The Village Common is circled by stately, well-kept homes and
buildings. It's anchored at one end by the Town Hall (originally the third courthouse),
and at the other
by the house once owned by Dr. Mathias Spalding, who was instrumental in
introducing the practice of vaccination in America.|
|The Congregational Church, originally the town's
second meeting house, has a newly restored steeple.|
|The Means house on Pierce Lane was the site where future President,
Pierce, married a Means granddaughter.|
| Daniel Webster gave his maiden plea in the second courthouse, now a private home on
|Horace Greeley, member of Congress, presidential candidate and
founding editor of the New York Tribune, was born and grew up in a house
|A young Robert Frost spent a summer gaining his first impression of the
New England countryside, later reflected in his poetry, in a house on Boston Post Road South.|
These are just a few examples of what makes our town so interesting. We
hope you'll join our Society and learn so much more!