Hampshire County -- Cummington

Chesterfield, Massachusetts Town Seal Chesterfield, Massachusetts
Incorporated: 1762

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Town Clerk

413-634-5568 fax
P. O. Box 128, Town Hall - 33 Main St., Cummington, MA 01026
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Vital Records

William W. Streeter and Daphne H. Morris, Vital Records of Cummington, Massachusetts 1762-1900 (Hartford, Conn.: 1979).

Churches and Religious History

Cummington First Congregational Church was organized July 7, 1779. The Society dissolved in 1834; the church, in 1869. The first minister was Rev. James Briggs, ordained 1779, died 1825. Early deacons included: Ebenezer Snell (1779), Barnabas Packard (1779), James Bradish (c. 1780), Abel Packard Jr. (1798), and Benoni Pratt (1798).
Almon Dyer, MS history of the church (1929), in town library.
The Cummington Village Church was established in 1839. A new Congregational Society was organized in 1840.
West Cummington Congregational Church was organized as the Second Church of Windsor in 1840, renamed 1851.
Original records were deposited in the town library.
"Church Records of the First Congregational Society in Cummington,1779-1834" (includes records 1837-1868)
"Church and Town Records 1834-1857"
Society Treasurer's Records 1834-

Local Histories

Jacob Porter, "Some Accounts of Cummington in Hampshire County, Massachusetts," Mass. Historical Society Collections, 2nd Series, X (1823; republished 1843), 41-45.

Historic Sites

William Cullen Bryant Homestead Off Route 112, Cummington, MA, 413-634-2244.
Open last Friday in June through Labor Day for guided tours, Friday - Sunday and Monday Holidays, 1 pm - 5pm. After Labor Day through Columbus Day, open weekends and holidays. Admission fee for non members.

The Kingman Tavern Historical Museum
41 Main Street, Cummington MA 01026, 413-634-5527 -- Open Saturdays 2 to 5 p.m. July and August, Special and group tours by appointment, No Admission Fee - Donations Appreciated. This is a 4-building complex that includes a 17-room early 1800s house which was once a tavern; a two-storey barn; a carriage shed; and an 1840s cider mill. The house includes a replica of a 1900 country store and a schoolroom.

Other Pertinent Links

State of Massachusetts, Cummington Commonwealth Community Information
Massachusetts State Community Profile of Cummington

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