Keystone Arch Bridges Trail

keystone-archThe 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.keystone-river-ed

Our New Brand

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.

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Guide to Historic Landmarks

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

And check out these historic highlights in each town:
Chester Railway Station & Museum | Chester
Huntington Country Store | Huntington
The White Church | Blandford
Noble View Outdoor Center | Russell

The Big Reveal

Update: We’ve now officially revealed and launched the new Gateway Hilltowns brand! Check out this follow-up post about our new logo & brand identity.

Sunday, June 24, 2018| Huntington Town Common
Free & open to the public: Check out our Facebook event

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Gateway Enterprise Club

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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!

Thursday, June 7, 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, jeanne@gatewayhilltowns.org  (413) 636 3476

Chester Train Museum

This historic old station sits along what was the world’s main line mountain railroad, built in the mid 1800s by George Washington Whistler. Come see the station as well as amazing Keystone Arch Bridges in Chester, MA. Stay the night in the old caboose!

Huntington Town Common

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

Chester Theatre

The Chester Theater Company puts on high-quality professional plays throughout the summer season.

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