Dive Into Our History

Massachusetts Imagine

Take a historic journey through these immersive attractions and experiences, and imagine yourself back in time to experience our nation’s rich history, so much of which began right here in Massachusetts. Explore Plymouth, where the Pilgrims came ashore on the Mayflower in 1620, journey through Central Massachusetts to see what early life was like on New England farms at the start of the Industrial Revolution, and head to Western Massachusetts, the birthplace of women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony. Along the way, you will hear the stories and explore the places that have shaped our American history.

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Western Massachusetts

In Western Massachusetts, you can celebrate the legacies of remarkable women and stroll through early American communities. Stop in Florence to see the statue honoring Sojourner Truth, and take a walking tour to see sights from the time she lived there. Northwest in Adams is the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, a Federal-style home where the suffragist was born and raised, and southwest in Lenox, you can stroll through the house museum and exquisite grounds of The Mount, which author Edith Wharton called her “first real home.”

In Historic Deerfield, you will find twelve carefully preserved houses dating from 1730 to 1850, which provide an authentic look at 18th century New England life. About an hour west in Pittsfield is Hancock Shaker Village, the oldest working farm in the Berkshires. The 750-acre site tells the story of the Shakers through 20 buildings and more than 22,000 Shaker artifacts, making it the world’s most comprehensively interpreted Shaker site.


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