The inaugural Hilltown History Trail in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Hilltown historical societies in Ashfield, Buckland, Cummington, Plainfield, and Shelburne Falls will open their museum doors to the public on the same day for a free day of exploring.

Participating museums include Ashfield Historical Society Museum, 457 Main St., Ashfield; Wilder Homestead, 129 Ashfield Road, Buckland; Buckland Historical Society Museum, 20 Upper St., Buckland; Shaw-Hudson House, 286 Main St., Plainfield; Kingman Tavern, 41 Main St., Cummington; and Shelburne Historical Society Museum, 33 Severance St., Shelburne Falls.

The Hilltown History Trail is produced by the Buckland Historical Society and is funded, in part, by a Massachusetts Cultural Council Festivals Grant.

A printable map of the museums on the trail can be found at

Jeannie Maschino can be reached at 413-496-6256 or

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.