It’s finally spring

On Saturday, the Freedoms Way National Heritage Area will partner with the Amherst Heritage and Conservation Commissions and the Historical Society of Amherst in hosting events in the morning and afternoon. At 10:00 AM, a hike of the Haseltine Preserve will commence at the Austin Road Parking Lot, guided by the trail steward. The Haseltine Preserve is one of the Conservation Commission’s premier trails in Amherst with hemlocks and white pines abound, plenty of erratics left by the last ice age and many 19th century stonewalls that outlined where farmsteads and pasture lands once stood. In the afternoon from 1-4 p.m., the Wigwam and Chapel Museums will be open. The Historical Society of Amherst will be featuring guided tours showing artifacts and providing historical information of Amherst’s rich history. The two museums are located in Amherst Village.

These activities are part of Freedoms Way National Heritage Area’s annual program of Hidden Treasures within the Heritage Area. The area is made up of 45 towns and cities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. During May, communities across the 994-square-mile Heritage Area, home to over 750,000 people, will offer free, public programs featuring a “hidden treasure” in their town. To see a listing of all of the Hidden Treasures in the Heritage Area, please visit www.discoverhiddentreasures.org for a full listing of program events.

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