Massachusetts Attractions August 24, 2016
This Small Town Just May Be The Most Charming In Massachusetts
What do Machu Picchu in Peru, the ancient castles of Europe, and one small town in Massachusetts have in common?
The town of Hadley is truly special. It has a landscape that has remained almost unchanged for almost 350 years, and its charm hasn’t gone unnoticed. Read on to learn why the quiet town of Hadley is one of the most unique spots in the world.
Hadley was founded by English Puritans back in 1659. They set out a simple village, a town common, and started farming.
Lush, rolling fields of vegetables and wandering livestock are no rare sight in this town.
The World Monuments Fund actually lists the "Cultural Landscape of Hadley, Massachusetts" on its watchlist of most endangered sites. There are only two other sites in the U.S. on that list.
This beautiful agricultural environment is why Hadley is so unique. Hadley has kept the same farms and fields going for over 350 years.
So what can you do in Hadley? Almost any outdoor activity you can think of.
Walk the Fort River Birding and Nature Trail. It's an enchanting journey through peaceful woods.
Spend the day in a hot air balloon, floating over the countryside.
Explore the local craft scene and outdoor markets. Pictured is the Fall Craft Fair, which will be held this year on October 15.
The sunsets are pretty spectacular, too.
Hang out with some of the (shaggy) locals at Long Hollow Bison Farm.
Grab a scoop of something sweet and creamy at Flayvors of Cook Farm.
They also offer some epic fall hay rides.
At the end of the day, there's really nothing like wandering through a field of Hadley sunflowers.
For more charming Massachusetts small towns,
check out our list of the most peaceful and beautiful communities in the state.