Ivan Ussach, Chair, 413-773-3830
Kit Carpenter, 413-863-2505
Bev Demars, 413-863-4792
Stuart Elliott, 413-863-9708
Lynda Hodsdon Mayo, 413-863-8103
Lynn Stowe Tomb, 413-863-2475
Mailing Address: 325 Main Road, Gill, MA 01354-9758
Meeting schedule: The Commission generally meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverside Municipal Building, 54 French King Highway, Gill. Please contact the Chair to confirm the meeting time and to be included on the agenda.
Riverside Village Historic District - Information Meeting 2/21/2017
The Gill Historical Commission (GHC) is pleased to announce
a public information meeting to discuss the proposed nomination to the National Register of Historic Places of the "Riverside Village Historic District."
The meeting will take place Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7 PM at the Riverside Municipal Building, 54 French King Highway (Route 2), Gill. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7 PM at the same location.
Owners of property within the proposed Riverside Village Historic District recently received a letter from the Massachusetts Historical Commission announcing the February 21st meeting, providing information about what it means to have a property listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and outlining the process to file comments or objections about the nomination. The Town of Gill, which owns three properties within the proposed District, received the letter and notices, which can be viewed here: Property owner letter and notices
The February 21 informational meeting was also advertised in the Legal Notices section of the 2/6/2017 issue of The Recorder. The text of the legal notice appears below, and a copy of the ad from The Recorder can be viewed here: Legal Notice for 2/21 meeting
Riverside, Life Along the Connecticut River in Gill, Massachusetts - a new book
Edited by Pam Shoemaker and Lynn Stowe Tomb. Designed and compiled by Lynn Stowe Tomb.
For an order form, click the link to open/download (PDF file): ORDER FORM
To receive a book, please bring your completed order form and a check or cash for a minimum donation of $42.00 to the town treasurer, Ronnie LaChance, at the Gill Town Hall. Order forms are also available at Town Hall. Town Hall is open Mon.-Thurs.
Riverside's history includes archaeological significance, some of the town's oldest homes and families, the early 1800s discovery of dinosaur tracks and visits from renowned scientists of the day, the development of water power for manufacturing at the Falls, growth of the logging industry on the River, experimental farming, and 19th-century immigration and residential settlement. Ephemera and pictures in the town's historical collection, interviews with life-long Riverside residents, and daily diaries from 1872 to 1905 have informed the text. Riverside creates a detailed and compelling account that deserves to be preserved and shared.
The study of the 1676 Battle of Great Falls, recently completed with a National Park Service grant, adds another dimension to understanding the place of the battle on the Gill shore and the massacre of hundreds of Native American refugees from King Philip's War. For the first time, native stories of the period of the war by present-day tribal members are included in the research.
Riverside has been researched and written by the members of the Gill Historical Commission: Pam Shoemaker, Lynn Stowe Tomb, Ivan Ussach, Lynda Hodsdon Mayo, Bev Demars, Kit Carpenter, and Stuart Elliot. Other contributors are: David Brule, Erving writer and teacher; Sarah Doyle, expert on the discovery of dinosaur footprints and director of Jurassic Roadshow for PVMA; Gary Sanderson, Greenfield Recorder reporter and editor; Peter Thomas, archaeologist; and Bonnie Parsons, architectural historian.
Size: 10" x 8" -- Binding: Laminated hardcover -- Pages: 184
Available: September 2016 -- Minimum Donation: $42.00 per book
Printing: On-demand, digital printing in full color. Subsequent books printed as demand dictates.
Questions? Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. Call: 413-863-4170 or 413-863-4792
Great Falls Battlefield Project - Next Step
The Gill Historical Commission (GHC) is pleased to invite all Gill landowners from the Riverside and Factory Hollow areas to an educational presentation about Phase II of the Great Falls Battlefield Project. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at the Riverside Municipal Building (54 French King Highway). Light refreshments will be served.
For more information about the event, please view the complete flyer: "Click to open flyer"
Historical Research on Roswell Field, Gill Farmer (1804-1882)
Robert Herbert's recent paper on Roswell Field has been published on line by Mount Holyoke College. Most of you know who Roswell Field is, even if the rest of the world has yet to find out! He had a farm in Gill that included what is now Barton Cove. The old Lily Pond Quarry there was one of the most productive 19th-century sites for finding dinosaur footprints and other Early Jurassic ichnofossils.
Although obscure now, Field was quite the man about town in Gill and Greenfield and well known to prominent scientists of the day. Serendipitously, a few letters to him from those scientists still exist, giving us a glimpse into his trade in the "fossil bird tracks" and other ichnofossils when they were still great news to science and provoked considerable excitement.
View the complete paper here: "Click to open" (Used by permission of, and many thanks to Robert Herbert.