Stone House Museum
of Matching Funds Remaining
20 Maple Street
Belchertown, MA 01007
The mission of the Belchertown Historical Association is: -to promote educational and historical activities -to collect, hold preserve and exhibit objects and documents of historical value and interest -to hold and maintain the Stone House Museum and other properties and those that may be acquired.
Dear Belchertown Citizens and Friends, Who keeps your history? Perhaps you write a daily journal or blog. Perhaps your parent started a scrapbook of your life or you have a box filled with memorabilia. But what about your history before you were born? What was it like in the “olden days”? The Stone House Museum is where your history lives. Even if you are new to Belchertown you are now part of Belchertown’s history. The Stone House started out as the Dwight family home in 1827. The money to buy the home was donated to the Belchertown Historical Association in 1922. Then, Henry Ford visited and donated the money to build the carriage barn in the style of the house. The next building to join the property was the Blackmer building; the Sentinel’s longest lived home. A kitchen garden, a memorial garden, you get where I’m going. Belchertown’s history is constantly getting broader. We all went to school and we remember our school days. Now the Washington District Schoolhouse is here, the town’s last one room intact schoolhouse. We’ve had the teacher’s desk, some student desks, a blackboard, the clock and the school bell for years. Now we have the school. To tell the school’s story, we need to restore everything inside and out. You can make the honor roll again…or for the first time by donating to the Stone House on May 2, Valley Gives Day. Regardless of the amount, it all adds up and donations made before 10am on the 2nd will be matched. That means that your $10 or $20 become $20 or $40. And best of all, there will not be a test on Friday! Remember the Stone House and the new schoolhouse on Valley Gives Day, May 2. If everyone in town gave us $10, we would raise our projected budget of need of $150,000! Thank you, The Belchertown Historical Association P.S. The Washington District School was donated to us by Bell Properties and Andrey Korchevskiy. P.P.S. Check out this interview with a former student of the Washington District School https://vimeo.com/187462867