The heart of ten small towns in the Deerfield River Valley.


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Explore

The Shelburne Falls area is rich with opportunities to get out and explore. There's so much going on, it's hard to decide where to begin your adventure.  You really can't go wrong, no matter which direction you take.

 

Arts & Crafts

You name it, some artisan is probably creating that special art piece right here in these hills. 

 

With a deep tradition of artistry and craftsmanship, the area now boasts an exciting assortment of art. Ranging from the beautifully traditional through the practical to the forward edge of exquisitely modern and innovative design. 

 

Every medium is represented here – from metal to glass, stone to fabric, oils to clay, or wood to wool – you can find an artist at work in our area. This is a landscape with people who have used their hands for centuries and now are joined by the next wave of craftsmen and artists. Come and discover the arts and crafts inspired by the beauty and tranquility of these hills, cross-pollinated with the urban and international.

 

Entertainment

Shelburne Falls and the surrounding towns flourish with culture and entertainment to meet any taste. Boasting a nationally recognized classical concert series, poetry series and music listening room, the area fills out your entertainment dreams with current and classical movies, plays, and even live broadcasts of The Metropolitan Opera in our 420 seat opera hall. A local symphony orchestra and chorus provide opportunities for you to listen but also participate in showcasing your musical talents as well.

 

History

Western New England has a rich history dating back to the first colonies in New England, and before that, centuries of Native American lore. Shelburne Falls is built around Salmon Falls, a traditional fishing site where Native Americans filled their larders with salmon spawning upstream from the Connecticut River.

The tradition continued through the Industrial Revolution, with early metal foundries and factories which produced tools and machinery for early farmers. Today that history is captured in numerous museums and historical societies in many of the area towns.

 

Shopping

Within only a few blocks, you will find all sorts of unique shops. There are several book stores, gift boutiques, two locally-owned grocery stores and plenty of places to find a good cup of coffee.