Shelburne Falls in the News
Anthony Dunne, Executive Producer at WGBY-TV, interviewed several people from the community for a story about the Historic Sweetheart Restaurant, a landmark of Shelburne Falls. View the nostalgic history piece he produced for the "Gone But Not Forgotten" series on their nightly magazine show, Connecting Point.
Shelburne Falls was featured on ABC 5's Chronicle as their "Mystery Town". Watch this great video for lots of hints of what mystery town they are profiling. Yes, you know the answer but watch it anyway.
Then watch this video which reveals the answer.
Close your eyes and think of a great American road. Whatever ribbon of highway is unfurling across your mental windshield, it’s probably not in Massachusetts. But the state that gave America Jack Kerouac also built the Mohawk Trail, a Berkshire Mountains-straddling, automotive-age incarnation of an ancient Native American footpath between the Hudson and Connecticut River valleys.
Up in the highlands of western Massachusetts, a Brigadoon lies squirreled away in the dense forest.
The Deerfield River bisects Shelburne Falls, along the scenic Mohawk Trail. Indians fished for salmon at the falls on the Deerfield River here in the 17th century; Europeans settled here in the 18th century. After the Mohawk Trail, designated a scenic road, opened early in the 20th century, touring families began to discover the attractions of this town, named for William Petty, Earl of Shelburne. And now, 100 years later, explorers have arrived from out West.
In the last year, Hollywood has made Shelburne Falls the cinematic canvas for two movies. Overnight, with a little window dressing, this village can mutate into other places or eras. Any morning, townsfolk could wake up in a Colonial village, the Wild West or even Indiana.