Visit us at the Cummington Fair's learn about 19th century rural life at the Bryant Homestead's booth! We'll have some hands-on activities for kids of all ages! Learn to write with a feather quill pen, try your hand at winding yarn, learn to sew a button and more!
It’s 1867 - you and other servants of Mr. Bryant’s and his guests have arrived one day early to get settled at the Homestead. Mrs. Melissa Dawes, the caretaker’s wife, is here to greet you, show you around, and let you know what life will be like while working at the Homestead this summer.
Come participate in this fun living history tour! A unique opportunity to see the Homestead from a different perspective as we travel through the servants’ quarters and back stairwells. Each tour ends with tea in the parlor!
Ticket price includes tour & tea.
Learn the story of Bryant’s upbringing at this beautiful hilltown home and his career in New York City as editor of the New-York Evening Post. Experience the incredible landscape that inspired Bryant to return in 1865 and spend his summers in Cummington. Guides lead visitors through the historic house, highlighting the unique objects that once belonged to William Cullen Bryant and his family while telling stories of this remarkable man and his important contributions to American poetry, politics, and conservation. Tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes walking up a flight of stairs.