MOIH is a featured stop on the History and Architecture tour of Greenfield

The Pioneer Valley Institute is offering a day tour of
the highlights of Greenfield on Saturday, June 7: “Spring into
Greenfield: A Trolley Ride Through our Town’s History and
Architecture”. The town’s trolley bus will be the mode of
transportation for the day, and is a reminder of the active trolley
system available 100 years ago throughout the Connecticut River Valley.

Greenfield, its buildings, its industries, and farmland, offer a complex
story. This hub town for Franklin County is the site of fine examples of
architectural design, of industrial innovation, and of current efforts
to retrofit Greenfield’s fine older buildings to conserve energy for the
coming decades. Greenfield was a crossroads for train freight service
and will soon see restored passenger service. Waterpower and fine
farmland attracted early settlers and investors, and innovators and
businesses continue to recognize opportunities in the town.

The center of Greenfield hosts stunning examples of architecture, and
Lindley Wilson, art and architecture instructor, will lead a walking

Following the walking tour, the next trolley bus stop will be a visit to
the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage!!!. Early innovative and successful
use of waterpower made Greenfield an industrial center that supported a
large workforce and a busy commercial district, and some of the state’s
wealthiest residents. The Museum’s exhibits capture the innovative
forces in Greenfield and other county towns during the 18th and 19th
centuries. The museum’s Meade Street site is a prime example of the
town’s ties to waterpower.

After lunch at one of Greenfield’s diverse restaurants, the tour will
explore the future with Nancy Hazard, former director of the Northeast
Sustainable Energy Association and member of Greening Greenfield, as
guide. The tour will explore re-purposing and improving Greenfield’s
older buildings on the way to a visit with a resident of the Wisdom Way
Solar Village, a first-in-the-nation near-zero-net-energy affordable
housing project, where residents spend less than $400 each year on heat
and electricity.

The tour will conclude by exploring the exciting progress at Just Roots,
Greenfield’s Community Farm, built on Greenfield’s Poor Farm, which
operated over 100 years from 1849 into the 1950’s. This innovative farm
is benefiting area residents by offering community gardens, reskilling
workshops, programs for youth, internships, food donations to the food
bank and much more!