Buckland is a small, rural, predominately agricultural community with a population of approximately 2,000 people in 20.06 square miles. Buckland shares a downtown business district, known as Shelburne Falls, with the Town of Shelburne. The Route 112 corridor bisects the town. Located in northwestern Massachusetts, Buckland is 10 miles west of Greenfield and is bordered on the north by Charlemont, the south by Ashfield and Conway, the west by Hawley and the east by Shelburne.
Bridge of Flowers, between Buckland and Shelburne in the downtown area. The former trolley bridge, connecting the two sections of the downtown area, was converted into a pathway of flowers in 1929.
Buckland Historical Society Museum, former schoolhouse on Upper Street in Buckland Center. Displays include early kitchen furniture, tools and photographs of local school groups. Open second and fourth Sundays of July and August, from 2 to 4 p.m. (413) 625-9763 for further information.
Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, at 14 Depot Street. Dedicated to preserving and operating Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway trolley car No. 10. This car was built by Wason Manufacturing Co. in Springfield MA in 1896. It was delivered new to Shelburne Falls and has never left the valley. For thirty years it served its namesake towns. For twenty years it crossed the Deerfield River on what is now the famous Bridge of Flowers. Saved by a local farmer, it spent sixty-five years as a chicken coop, tool shed and play house. Now, through the efforts of the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, you can ride it in the same freight yard where it used to load and unload passengers, apples, mail, milk and other freight, one hundred years ago. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from late May through October, 1 p.m. to 5 .pm. (413) 625-9443
Wilder Homestead, on Route 112, old 1775 saltbox house, filled with memorabilia. Barn on premises, housing weaving studio and displaying old farm implements. Also a cobbler's shop. Operated by Buckland Historical Society, same hours as museum or by appointment. The Wilder Homestead Sampler is held annually the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. Call 413-625-9763 for further information.
Buckland Recreation Area, 21 acres off Route 112. Basketball, softball, cross-country skiing, fishing, picnicking and nature observing. Season or day passes available. Reservations for large parties (pavilion rental). 413-625-6330