Seniors Visit Historic Montague


Montague, Massachusetts with a population of around 8,500, was formed in 1754 and was previously called Sunderland. Located within Montague, senior visitors will find five villages: Montague Center, Lake Pleasant, Turner Falls, Miller Falls and Montague City.  

The town was originally inhabited by the Pocomtuc tribe (that’s a new one for me), and the area was known as Peskeompskut. Say that real fast three times! Montague is claimed to be the location of a certain maple tree that inspired poet Joyce Kilmer (1886–1918) to write the popular 1913 poem “Trees.”


The Montague Center Historic District encompasses the well-preserved 19th century village center. A school and two churches from the 1830s flank the common, as does the 1858 town hall. The oldest building in the district is a tavern that dates to about 1734.

Seniors Enjoy Historic Districts

The District is the civic heart of the town, and was an active industrial area in the 19th century. Seniors can visit the site of an early gristmill, the Alva Stone Mill, sometimes called “The Book Mill”. The store’s motto is “Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find.” It is on the list of National Historic Places as is the Turner Falls Historic District.

The largest of five villages, Turners Falls was named after Captain William Turner, who played a key role in the region’s Indian Wars. Two important waterfalls border the town,—Turner’s Falls, on the Connecticut, at the north, falling 25 feet, and Miller’s Falls, on Miller’s River, at the east, with a fall of 12 feet. In the eastern part of the town is a granite quarry, which furnished considerable valuable stone.


Montague is nestled along the Connecticut River in the upper Pioneer Valley just off Interstate 91 northwest of Boston. The town prides itself on a lively arts community and convenient access to the cultural resources of the “Five College Area”.

Seniors Check Out A Bar, A Pub, a Cafe and Fish Hatchery

Montague Center is the site of the town’s original settlement in the early eighteenth century (1715-30). Early development of the village was encouraged by the availability of abundant waterpower and productive agricultural land.

Senior visitors check out The Local Guide to Montague and the Historical Society. The archives are housed at the former Grange Hall that is on the register of Historic Places.


Then visit the Bitzer Fish Hatchery, appease your appetite at the Black Cow Burger Bar, stop at Miller’s Pub and check out The Lady Killegrew Cafe.

The most important of the natural features of the town is Lake Pleasant, covering about 100 acres, and situated in the midst of a pine grove, about a mile and a half east of Montague Centre.

So when you are traveling along the East Coast, swing by Montague. -jeb


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