While we were in Deerfield area, we spotted an auto show. So glad we stopped. They had some of the very earliest autos manufactured...all privately owned. Such an assortment right up to the 40's and 50's. Each owner displays his car, talks to onlookers about its restoration, and of course bursts with pride. This is one that I particularly liked. Some of the paint colors surprised me. Often the colors were brighter than we would have expected them to be. But these are authentic colors..all original. Some of the earlier cars were sold with a tool box included. Pay extra for heat in the 30's. The very earliest cars had a flammable lighting system before batteries. It's a wonder they didn't blow up! At any rate, we had a very pleasant afternoon.
There are car shows in our area on a weekly basis. But sometimes these regional shows are more special. Highly recommend you catch one sometime. I'm not a car buff, but there is a lot to enjoy even when you are a novice.
Driving up to Deerfield from Hadley we decided to try some of the alternate routes. So glad we did. Never dreamed they grew tobacco in NW Massachusetts...but in fact, they do! The fields, homes, barns were really beautiful. What a nice drive. I highly recommend getting off the highway whenever time allows. My husband was so taken with the barns and Tobacco fields. We had to stop.
Notice the barns have missing boards which they unhinge in order to enhance the drying process of the tobacco which is hanging inside.
Here is a closer look at the tobacco hanging up to dry in the old barn. Please see my other tip which has the larger view of the entire structure.
Shelbourne Falls is a charming little town on the Mohawk Trail. It is located 5 miles west of Greenfield. The waterfall and the Bridge of Flowers is worth the stop.