The Keystone Arches are a beautiful feature of the Hilltowns and the unique trails offer many opportunities to hike, kayak, and take in the natural beauty of New England along the historic rail route.
The six towns of Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery and Russell unveiled their new, shared brand identity: Gateway Hilltowns. In 2016, the six towns signed a Community Compact, followed by the signing of the Commonwealth’s Best Practices Program in 2017 in which each community pledged to find the best way to collaborate for a more sustainable future.
Naturally, each of the six towns retains its own distinctive history, strengths and challenges. But each town believes that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The region’s natural beauty and healthy lifestyle are a source of pride for residents and an attraction for visitors—thus the tagline: Naturally. But there’s also a message for people looking for a place like the Gateway Hilltowns. It’s a natural fit for people who value what the region has to offer.
The Gateway Hilltowns have a rich and diverse history spanning hundreds of years—many local families have called this place home for generations. From colonial times when Western Mass felt more like a frontier, to the nation’s founding, to the industrial boom of the 1800s when mining, timber, and mills ruled, to the technological transitions of the 20th century and today, there are amazing landmarks and preserved historic sites across all six towns that harken back to this long history. Visit the various Historical Society websites to learn more:
Blandford Historical Society
Chester Historical Society
Huntington Historical Society
Middlefield Historical Commission
Montgomery Historical Society | Montgomery Town History
Russell Town History
At the Gateway Enterprise Club, students to learn small business skills, how to write a business plan, and entrepreneurship. The club is hosting a free, public Shark Tank competition for students to pitch their business ideas and submit business plans to compete for a $250 grand prize, sponsored by the Jacob’s Ladder Business Association. Come see students present their businesses and learn more about entrepreneurship in the Hilltowns!
Shark Tank 2019 will be Friday, May 17, 6pm at the Gateway Performing Arts Center at Gateway Regional High School, 12 Littleville Road, Huntington MA 01050
Questions? Contact Jeanne LeClair, Economic Development Director, Gateway Hilltowns, firstname.lastname@example.org (413) 636 3476
Downtown Huntington hosts many exciting activities throughout the year including craft fairs, live music, and festivals. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy connecting with friends and neighbors in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Several local restaurants, shops, and businesses are just a stroll away, including: Comfort Kitchen & Bar, Gino’s Pizza, Hunt & Hart Café (formerly River Café), Huntington Liquor Store, Moltenbrey’s Market, The Rapids Bar & Grill, Huntington Country Store, Dilly Lilly Gardens, Main Street Styles & Spa, Bridge Store Packy, and more!
September 8, 2018 | 2nd Annual Huntington Celebrates
Community gathering and fireworks display at Gateway Regional school campus