Catamount Hill Association, Inc.

Colrain, Massachusetts …where, in 1812, the American flag first was raised over a schoolhouse

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars

  • June 8, 2017 – Illustrated talk on Elder Edward Davenport by Prentice Crosier

    Elder Edward Davenport

    The Colrain Historical Society, 8 Main Road, Colrain, will present an illustrated talk by Prentice Crosier on the life of Elder Edward Davenport, using projected images.  The program will start at 7:30 after the society’s monthly business meeting.

  • June 17, 2017 – Flag Day Hike to the Schoolhouse Site Monument

    This monument marks the site on Catamount Hill where an American flag first flew over a schoolhouse in 1812. It was placed there on June 3, 1903 by the CHA.

    This monument marks the site on Catamount Hill where an American flag first flew over a schoolhouse in 1812. It was placed there on June 3, 1903 by the Catamount Hill Association.

    On the Saturday following Flag Day and in keeping with longstanding tradition, the Catamount Hill Association invites you to hike to the monument and flagpole at the site where, in May of 1812, the American flag was first raised over a schoolhouse, and where we will once again raise our flag.  On the way to the monument we will have lunch where Peter Shippee’s house once stood (No. 22 in The Puzzle and Cellarholes*) next to the beaver pond and the nearby mill. On the walk up Catamount we will pass the cellar holes of the Farley, Shippee and D. F. Daniels families. According to Emily Stacy, “When rumors of war (1812) first reached this lonely spot, Mr. Shippee, a prominent Democratic-Republican felt it his duty to “duly instruct” the Federalists in patriotism, as this was the first call to protect our newly formed Union. So to show his feelings of loyalty, as well as to inspire others, he conceived the idea of making the United States Flag.”

    Weather permitting, we will meet at 9:30 AM Saturday, June 17 at the corner of Rt. 112 and Charlemont Road, in the Shattuckville section of Colrain.  In addition to bringing lunch, water, and insect repellent you will want footwear appropriate for the old woods roads and trails that may be wet in places. To register call Muriel Russell at 413-624-3311.

    * See these and other publications are available from our Historical and Genealogical Resources page.

  •  August 12, 2017 – Catamount Hill Association Annual Meeting

    We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association will again be held at the First Baptist Church, 81 Foundry Village Road in Colrain, on Saturday, August 12.  Watch for details to be posted in the coming weeks and send a message to info@catamounthillassociation.org to have such information emailed to you.

 

  • Check back for announcements of more hikes on Catamount Hill that are being planned