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Help support the 250th Celebration and order some great souvenirs featuring our beautiful leafy tree with roots logo designed by Leverett resident and artist Lori Lynn Hoffer. 

 

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Leverett is turning 250 in 2024!

The town was founded on March 5, 1774 and there is a lot to celebrate!

Leverett’s founding actually precedes the American Revolution and signifies the date that the town separated from Sunderland in 1774.

Commemorating this big anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the area’s storied heritage. For example,

Did you know that former Leverett Postmaster Bradford Field was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln?

Or that schooling was once held in nine districts throughout town?

Or that Indigenous people are believed to have lived here for thousands of years, including the Norwottuck and Pocumtuck people who lived here during the centuries before colonization?

Or that Leverett once had its own baseball team?

Or that J.W. Watson’s Store in Moore’s Corner in the 1870s was considered to be the largest country store in western Massachusetts?

Throughout the year, we will discover how Leverett has been shaped into the place it is today and we will celebrate all those who have lived here through a variety of events and activities including:

March 2 - Pancakes For All & Local Maple Syrup

A pancake breakfast at Leverett Elementary School will be sponsored by the Leverett Firefighters Association.
8 - 10:30 a.m.

Download, print and send via email to celebrateleverett250@gmail: Pancake Breakfast Order Form

March 5 - The Town's Birthday!

250th Anniversary Postage Station at the Leverett Post Office from 11-1.

Come to the Leverett post office with an uncancelled first-class stamp affixed to anything paper and have it stamped with the 250th Anniversary postmark. There will be antique stamps from the Moore’s Corner Post Office on
hand and pieces of blank paper with which you--adults and kids--can make your own special 250th image or buy historical Leverett postcards to benefit the Historical Society to put yourstamp on! The postmark stamping will continue in person Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 12-1 PM through Saturday March 9 10-11 AM and after that via the mail. More Information

In-person postmark stamping available regular hours at the Post Office March 6 - March 8 from 12 - 1 and March 9th 10-11 am.

CAKE LIGHTING 6:30 PM at the Community Field

The public is welcome to celebrate the official lighting of the birthday cake!

March 9 Birthday Party at the Town Hall

Leverett’s Birthday Party will celebrate the town, this land and all the people who have inhabited it. Festivities include games, music, talks, refreshments and, of course, a birthday cake and a scavenger hunt of gift certificates form local businesses for lucky attendees!

The party will begin with music by Craig Hollingsworth and Cynthia Thomas followed by a brief presentation on Leverett’s history by Dave Palmer of the Historical Society. A quick walk across the stree to The Congregational Church to hear singing by the Congregational Church Choir and the Leverett Community Chorus. The party returns to Town Hall for cake and music by Leverett favorite, On the Lam. There will be ongoing games and crafts for kids upstairs at Town Hall. The Field Museum will be open for residents to view the collection of artifacts. Other historic items on loan for the day can be viewed at the Barnes Gallery.

Birthday party schedule

1:00 Music by Craig Hollingsworth and Cynthia Thomas
1:30 Talk by Dave Palmer on Leverett’s history

2:00 Leverett Community Chorus and Congregational Church Choir at the Church

2:45 - 3:00 Birthday cake
3:00 Scavenger Hunt
3:00 - 4:00 Live Music - On the Lam

April 10 - Public Talk by Dr. Margaret M. Bruchac, Prof. Emerita, University of Pennsylvania

“Recovering Native Histories Along the Kwinitekw (Connecticut River)”

This talk will discuss the histories of Indigenous Native American communities in the homelands known as Nonotuck (now Northampton, Hatfield, Hadley), and Pocumtuck (now Deerfield, Greenfield, Leverett), from the 1600s to the present. Case histories offer insights into colonial encounters, conflicts,deeds, medicinal knowledges, and Indigenous survival strategies over time.
Leverett Elementary School, 85 Montague Road, Free Admission
7-9 pm at Leverett Elementary School

Sponsored by On Native Land: Leverett Advocacy and Education Group and Mt. Toby Meeting of Friends

More Information on the talk


April 20 - Public Talk by Eva Gibavic

As Long as Trees Grow and Water Runs on Brushy Mountain
1 pm at the Leverett Library
Eva Gibavic has been researching Brushy Mountain for many years. She has researched the deeds,
poured through genealogical sources, tax records, and local histories as well as gathered photographs
from the two Historical Society museums. She has spent many, many days bushwacking on Brushy,
mapping the locations of more than 30 cellar holes on the Mountain, many of which have never
appeared on any map. She has used LiDAR and taken thousands of photographs used to make 3D
models of the cellar holes. Her presentation will explore some of the stories she’s
discovered about her Brushy people featured in upcoming book by the same name.
An exhibit of images on this topic will be on display at the Leverett Library from March 1 - April 24.

May 25 Antique Vehicle and Equipment Show

Residents and friends will be invited to display their favorites at an Antique Vehicle and Equipment Show on the Leverett Elementary School ballfield.

June 15th, Saturday (Rain date is June 16th) Plant Walk


Plant Walk to Celebrate Leverett’s 250th Anniversary
Led by Jean Bergstrom, naturalist from Her Wild Roots
Leverett’s 4-H Forest and East Leverett Meadow
9:30 a.m.; approximately 3 hours (3 miles at most)
Sponsored by On Native Land: Leverett Advocacy and Education Group

What plants are native to our town, and what plants have been introduced by the settlers from other places? On this walk, in one of our town’s lovely conservation areas, we will explore native and non-native plants and learn about their uses. Have you ever taken white pine cough syrup for a cold, or applied a poultice of plantain on a bee sting? How about making cordage from nettles or a birch bark basket? Humans aren’t the only ones that need plants, so we will also dip into the ways that different animals and birds rely on our abundant flora. This walk is for older children and adults and all levels of experience. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Group size will be limited to 15 participants.

Bring your curiosity and observation skills, a daypack with a full water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen, maybe a little thing to sit on and a snack. Jean will provide some wild snacks and beverages.

To register for the free hike, email: Blueskyberg1@gmail.com or call 413-374-5461

July 6 - Parade & Barbeque Day

This is an event-filled day with a parade through town in the morning and a barbecue in the afternoon at the ball field. Residents, community groups, town government and Leverett businesses can march or create floats to ride in the parade through town to the Safety Complex. 10 am.

The chicken Barbeque will be put on with help from Bubs Bar-B-Q owner Andrew Garlo. There will be two seatings 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

Parade participants and viewers, elderly and disabled residents and past and present Selectboard members are encouraged to reserve tickets for the 12:30 seating.

Please purchase tickets by June 8th

Download, print and send via email to celebrateleverett250@gmail: Parade Entry Form

Download, print and send via email to celebrateleverett250@gmail: Barbeque Order Form

Autumn - October

The celebrations continue at the October Harvest Festival - tentative

Dance, food, merriment, music.

There are also many special projects in the works, including historical presentations about the Indigenous people who lived here long before the founding of the town, commemorative plantings, a quilting endeavor, an oral history project and more.

Our neighbor towns are all working together to share a giant wooden birthday cake that has heralded their own big anniversaries. Leverett has put the cake on display near the library and the cake will be lit with 250 candles, during our year of celebrations!

So, mark your calendars and please consider making a donation to support all these activities that are brought to you by the all-volunteer Leverett 250th team! To donate from this website, simply go down to “Useful Links,” and select “Pay Online” and then select “250th Anniversary.”

If you’d like to be involved in plans, we’d love to work with you! Please email celebrateleverett250@gmail.com

We’ll be updating this page, so check back often for more details on events and activities as plans develop!

Sincerely,

The 250th Anniversary Committee

Committee Chair Contacts

We need your help planning activities! Contact one of the committee chairpeople (below) to be part of the fun:

Barbecue

Ann Watson: awatson@admin.umass.edu

Jim Watson: orchard12@hotmail.com

Harvest Dance

Ann Tweedy: anntweedy23@gmail.com

Indigenous People/On Native Land--Leverett Advocacy and Education

Eva Gibavic: evadeva22@gmail.com

Bulb Planting

Sara Robinson: sarar@umass.edu

Birthday Party

Maureen Ippolito: maureenippolito@gmail.com

Parade

Silas Ball: 367-9571

Antique Vehicle and Equipment Show

Silas Ball: 367-9571

The photos on this page are brought to you by Kari Ridge.

Additional Info
Calendar of Events
Tue, Apr 23, 2024, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Leverett Safety Complex meeting room
Posted to: Planning Board
Tue, Apr 23, 2024, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Town Hall/remote
Posted to: Select Board
Board of Assessors -- SCHEDULED
Wed, Apr 24, 2024, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Town Hall
Posted to: Board of Assessors
Finance Committee -- SCHEDULED
Wed, Apr 24, 2024, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Town Hall
Posted to: Finance Committee
Council on Aging -- DRAFT AGENDA
Fri, Apr 26, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Town Hall downstairs
Posted to: Council on Aging
Annual Town Meeting -- SCHEDULED
Sat, Apr 27, 2024, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Leverett Elementary School Gym
Posted to: Select Board
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