North Adams: Program to commemorate Fort Massachusetts siege


The North Adams Historical Society will commemorate the 268th anniversary of the siege of Fort Massachusetts with a program at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in the Barracks room replica located on the third floor of the Museum of History and Science in Building 5A at Western Gateway Heritage State Park.

Park ranger and museum designer Robert Campanile will share facts about the siege. If their schedules permit, eyewitnesses Col. Benjamin Simonds and Mary Smead and "Captivity" author Annie McMillin may put in an appearance.

The Barracks room contains a nine-minute audio narrating the details of the siege, three models of the fort made and donated by local artisans, and excerpts from the diary of Chaplain Rev. John Norton, an eyewitness. Docents are on hand to answer questions.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is free. Information: (413) 664-4700.

A replica chimney marking the site of Fort Massachusetts is located behind the Price Chopper parking lot.


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