Plainfield, Massachusetts lies on the southern end of the Green Mountain Range. It is a small town with a population of about 600 residents.
One of the favorite stops in town is the Shaw Hudson House Museum. The house was built in 1833 for Dr. Samuel Shaw and his family. Dr. Shaw was an apprentice of Dr. Peter Bryant, the father of William Cullen Bryant, the famous author and poet from nearby Cummington. Dr. Shaw’s granddaughter left the house in trust to the Plainfield Congregational Church, to be preserved as a museum. It contains hundreds of items of everyday life in Plainfield.
A great place to stay in Plainfield is Peppermint Park Camping Resort – apparently the production of peppermint oil was a local industry, so much the park was named after that! Peppermint Park has full facilities, showers, events and RV hookups.
Plainfield Pond is a beautiful local swimming hole. Popular with kayakers, there is also a sandy beach for the little ones. Also in Plainfield, Kenneth Dubuque State Forest is popular with mountain bikers for their miles of singletrack.