"Does anyone know if the town hall has old building plans from the early 1900's."
They may, but I doubt it -- and if they do, they may not even know that they do. But it never hurts to ask. I think they're more likely to have things that are publicly owned -- streets, for example, or town buildings. There would be no real purpose in the town's keeping plans for private properties (beyond Assessors' maps showing boundary lines).
In 1989 I was interested in the layout of what is now called South Lyman street in Millers Falls. When I went to town hall, the then-Town Clerk pointed to the vault and said, "It's all in there somewhere. Good luck!" Plans and documents were everywhere, with nothing marked and in no particular order. By some miracle, I actually found the layout (it wasn't that old, at that point, so maybe it was closer to the top). Maybe things have gotten better since then -- we've had at least a couple of successive town clerks. Deb Bourbeau would be a good person to ask -- I think I remember her telling the Fin Comm that she had managed to organize all that stuff. . . .
Does anyone know if the town hall has old building plans from the early 1900's. I just bought a house in Millers that used to belong to a local pastor who killed it (renovated) it. I'm curious to see how the house was originally built and maybe restore it....at least as much as I can.
The annual meeting of the Montague Historical Society will be Monday Oct.17th at 7.P. at the meeting room of the Safety Complex by the fire station on the corner of Turners Falls and Turnpike Rd. Our speaker is Peter Miller, author of many historical research books. He will talk on the canals and their influence on the growth of the villages, as well as other topics. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 367-2280, Lillian Fiske, president of the Society.
You may already be aware of this, but there is a Montague Historical Commission that may have some information. Also, there was a Masonic lodge there for many years, before it got consolidated with the one in Northfield (?). It might be worth contacting the Northfield lodge to see if they have anything ....
Hi I am interested in any unpublished pictures or history of Montague City. I feel that it is not as well known as the other villages. One day i went out to photograph the area and realized I have been to the other villages but didn't know anything of Montague City. I have seen books in the libraries and a few stories but want to know if there's anything out there or a physical Historical Building that might contain items not in the libraries. thanks
The historian for the Montague Historical Society has written up a report on the Potter house, owners and cemetery for the individual who has requested this. Please respond in the Montague Historical Society link for a contact in order for you to receive the info. Scooter
I have recently purchased a house in Montague Center area that was built in 1865. On the old Montague map that is sold at the Bookmill it has the name Potter on it. From what I can tell in reading the History of Montague there were 3 Potters that went to the fight in the Civil War. From what I could tell 2 returned.
Does anyone have any information on this family and small farm? It is on Greenfield Rd. near Cold Brook. Also on the map (I think it is a reprint from an old atlas) there is a small cemetery. I have looked for it and have not found it partially because I didn't want to trespass on private property. It also is between Greenfield Rd. and Connecticut River, near Cold Brook. Does any one have any information on it?
Montague Historical Society annual meeting and exhibit
The Montague Historical Society Annual Meeting , Open house and exhibit will take place on Sunday October 24th at the Grange in Montague Center. Annual meeting from 1:30 to 2 and open house and exhibit from 2-4. The hall will have photos of the old homes of Montague as well as articles, photos and posters from the Entertainments of the Past in all the 5 villages. Refreshments will be served and all our welcome. For more information call 367-2280 or 367-2184
I have a Rand atlas only about 10 yrs old and the cover has a map with Millers Falls called Grout’s Corner. I’ve heard from a couple old timers that the towwn was originaly in the area of Grouts Circle.