Culture & Attractions
Adams is within easy driving distance to all of the Berkshires' world-class cultural institutions. In town, you'll find the following:
Adams Free Library
Mount Greylock Reservation Historic District
At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is not only the tallest mountain in Massachusetts but also the tallest in all of southern New England. The 12,500-acre Mount Greylock Reservation is the oldest Massachusetts wilderness park. The park spans five towns with the summit in Adams. At the summit you'll find the historic district including Bascom Lodge and War Memorial Tower, built in the early 1930s. More here.
Quaker Meeting House
"This old building, so closely associated with the settlement of the town of Adams, reflects in its sturdy construction and simplicity the character of its builders. The present town of Adams was settled soon after 1769, by a group of Quakers, most of them from Smithfield. The Friends soon settled and owned nearly all the farms in this valley. They worshiped for a time in their homes. In 1782 they erected this building, and it was used continuously by them for over sixty years. In their transaction of business, the men and women held separate meetings and kept separate records. For this reason the Meeting House was constructed in the manner we see, with the two outer doors, and movable partitions to provide privacy during separate meetings. The building has remained in it's original unrestored condition." from the Adams Historical Society
Mill Children Exhibit
The Mill Children Exhibit explores the history of child laborers in the local textile industry. Berkshire Mills was the largest employer in Adams, Massachusetts for many decades starting in the late 1800s. Noted for its fine cotton fabrics, Berkshire Mill employed many children in its mills until the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938. Through the use of historic photographs and artifacts, as well as interpretations by contemporary artists, the gallery presents a thought-provoking look at this interesting and controversial topic. Open seasonally. Current information is available on their Facebook page.
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
Welcome to the birthplace of equal rights!
"The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to preserving the birthplace and raising public awareness of the wide-ranging legacy of the great social reformer, Susan B. Anthony, who was a pioneering feminist and suffragist as well as a noteworthy figure in the abolitionist, opposition to Restellism (opposition to abortion), and temperance movements of the 19th century.
As part of its mission, the Museum will highlight the familial and regional influences which shaped Ms. Anthony's early life, by displaying the textiles and furnishings of that period, as well as the literature and other memorabilia associated with her later career." - from the museum website.
Thunderbolt Ski Museum
Founded and run by the Thunderbolt Ski Runners, the Thunderbolt Ski Museum collects, preserves, and displays ski gear, clothing, awards, pictures, and ephemera related to the Thunderbolt Ski Trail. You'll see exhibits honoring the "legends" of the trail, as well as ones featuring clothing, equipment and other memorabilia. Also, a documentary and films are shown on a regular basis. Located at the Adams Visitors Center at 3 Hoosac Street, the museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Free.
Berkshire Scenic Railway
Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, in partnership with the City of North Adams, Town of Adams, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, now offers historic and scenic train rides are now running from Adams to North Adams Berkshire.
Operating between the historic communities of Adams and North Adams in the scenic footprint of Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountain Range, our new Hoosac Valley Service will feature a round trip train schedule, downtown-to-downtown service and popular special events for the whole family! For more information about scenic rail visit Hoosac Valley Services website.