• Welcome to the Plainfield, Massachusetts Historical Society' s site. Whether you've lived here all your life, or just met us, feel free to explore, reminsce, learn and enjoy.

  • Explore Plainfield's many historic cemeteries.

  • Doctor Samuel Shaw's Apothecary - Rediscovering the Shaw Hudson House: A National Treasure Worth Saving

  • Coming of Age in Plainfield: Women’s Stories of Successful Aging Project by Rebecca Williams Mlynarczyk

  • Hidden Walls Hidden Mills -Exploring the Plainfield Landscape: get outside and have a look! Our goal is to engage children of all ages in historical and ecological exploration: cellar holes, mill foundations, historical water use and management, and the forest that created the Hilltown landscape.

  • See our ever expanding collection of vintage Plainfield postcards.

Featured Item

The Plainfield Project: A Community Caring for One of Its Own was written to honor the life and legacy of Arvilla L. Dyer. After being diagnosed with stomach cancer, Arvilla, who had served the town in so many ways, became the focus of what she came to call "the Plainfield Project," a project that changed her life. Click here to read it. 
From the Curator's Desk

From the Curator's Desk

 
PHS News

PHS News

  The Plainfield Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the upstairs room at the Plainfield Town Hall.  The topic this year will be on the History of the Grange, the nation’s oldest national agricultural organization with grassroots units established in 3,600 local communities in 37 states.  It was formed in the years following the American Civil War to unite private citizens in improving the economic and social position of the nation’s farm population. Plainfield had a very active Grange that met at the same location as the scheduled annual meeting.  The Plainfield Historical Society has recently been given the Plainfield Grange archives beginning in 1903 and many items of the memorabilia will be on display.  Janet and James Martin of Cummington, active members of the Grange that meets in Chesterfield, will be the presenters.  Anyone interested in farming and/or history should find this a very informative presentation.