Welcome to Northfield's 350 Year Commemoration!

Our Goal: To understand and honor the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future.

Celebrate Northfield With Us!

In 2023, Northfield Massachusetts will mark its historic beginning in 1673 after centuries of settlement by Native people, including the Sokoki of the Western Abenaki. Our 350th Anniversary theme, Reconnecting Northfield, is inspired by the beautiful Connecticut River (Kwenitekw in Abenaki) which runs through our town. Northfield is more than spectacular geography. For generations, its people have had a significant impact on our community, our region and even the world!

After over two years of planning, a festive year-long celebration is ready! It will be a celebration worthy of the special home we call Northfield. Throughout the year town folk and visitors will enjoy a wide variety of entertaining events, history and children's programs, a symphony performance, grand parade and a spectacular fireworks display! A variety of 350th commemoration memorabilia will be offered at most events and throughout the year.

Please take a moment to browse this website. View the schedule of events and activities, note the many generous sponsors and donors, gallery of photos, and more.

Welcome to 2023 - Northfield's 350th Year!

February Events!

Where is Northfield? Boundary Changes Over Time

Thursday - February 16 2023 - 5:30 PM - Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main Street

In acknowledgment of Northfield's 350th anniversary since settlement by Europeans in 1673, Sara Campbell, local civil servant and Erving resident, will lead us through a variety of maps that describe Northfield's boundaries over time. One unique conundrum, Hack's grant, was an area of 180 acres in Northfield which became completely surrounded by land in Erving. Learn about this and other bits of our hidden history!

Tom Ricardi
Kids and Family Fun Day - Morning

Saturday - February 18, 2023 - 9:00 AM - Northfield Elementary School -104 Main Street

Birds of Prey Demonstration by Tom Ricardi. Tom Ricardi is a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. He runs Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway, MA, and is now retired after 40 years of service as a Massachusetts Environmental Conservation police officer.

Roger Ticknell

Interactive Songs and Singing Games with Roger Tincknell. Roger Tincknell has been performing for children, families, and seniors in the U.S., Canada and Europe for over 45 years. Roger's concerts and workshops involve audiences of all ages in singing, moving, dancing and playing percussion instruments.

PTO will sell yummy snacks, and children's activities will round out the morning.

Kids and Family Fun Day - Afternoon

Saturday- February 18 - 2-4 pm - Northfield Mountain Recreational Area - 99 Miller's Falls Road. Come join in for some good old-fashioned winter fun! There will be a horse-drawn wagon/sleigh rides, a campfire, s'more making and hot cocoa. Self-guided tours of the Visitor Center museum will be available. Weather permitting, sledding and cross-country skiing will also be available. Sponsored by FirstLight.

The Sokoki: Their Response to Colonization and Their Role in Northfield's Beginnings

Sunday - February 19, 2:00 pm. - Trinitarian Church - 147 Main Street: Archaeologist Peter Thomas of South Deerfield will talk about the Squakheag/Sokoki people who lived here before the English arrived. Peter uses written English and French sources, plus information based on the last Sokoki village in this part of the Connecticut River Valley which he partially excavated in the 1970s. Snow date is February 20. A reception will follow the presentation. This lecture is co-sponsored by Historic Deerfield.

350th Commemorative Pottery For Sale!

Tom White

One of a kind Northfield 350th pottery is available for purchase at two locations here in Northfield, and on-line! Well known Northfield potter Tom White has designed and produced dozens of beautiful items, each with their own individual nuances.

Adria's Floral Designs, 75 Main Street. Visit this unique shop not only for pottery, but fresh flowers and a myriad of fun items. Great spot to find fun and unique gifts.

Pop-up Events throughout the 2023 celebration. Stay tuned for dates and locations! Additional items featured at pop-ups are 350th bags, hats and buttons.

On-line Sales through the Town of Northfield website. Click here. Once on the page, choose "350th Payment Center" tab on the left side. All prices include sales tax and shipping.