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The Swift River flowing through Cummington
The Swift River flowing through Cummington Massachusetts.

Cummington Massachusetts

Cummington is a farming and grazing town lying among the southern Berkshire Hills, in the northwestern part of Hampshire County, most famous for the homestead of beloved poet William Cullen Bryant.  Cummington has around 978 residents, according to the 2000 census.

Cummington Fair, Cummington Massachusetts
Cummington Fair, Cummington Massachusetts

William Cullen Bryant was the longtime editor of the New York Evening Post, as well as a lawyer, romantic poet, and journalist.

Bryant kept this homestead in adulthood as his summer home. In 1929, it was donated by his granddaughter to the Trustees of Reservations.

The Trustees hold a number of events at the homestead including poetry readings, cooking classes, themed dinners and living history events. It’s a great spot for a picnic after hiking the trails on the property.

The Town of Cummington has been hosting the Cummington Fair every August since 1883.

The fair boasts music and entertainment for all ages, antique cars, crafts, livestock shows, truck and oxen pulls as well as a lumberjack competition. See why they call it “The Biggest and Best Little Fair”!

Rachel Maddow, West Cummington resident and TV star.

Also worth a stop is the Kingman Tavern Historical Museum. The Museum is a 17 room former inn and tavern with over 5,000 local historical artifacts, as well as a replica of a turn of the century country store, a two-story barn, and an 1840’s cider mill.

Popular MSNBC News host and commentator Rachel Maddow has a house in West Cummington and lives there with her partner when she is not in New York City.

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