Poet’s Seat Tower – Greenfield, MA

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Poet’s Seat Tower, located along the ridge of Rocky Mountain, is a sandstone observation tower located in Greenfield, Massachusetts.  The tower is visible from pretty much anywhere in Greenfield and from the top of the tower, you can see pretty much all of Greenfield as well as Turners Falls and other parts of the Connecticut River valley.

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The story is that this area attracted poets who wrote their poetry here.  In 1873, a wooden tower was built on this site.   Rumor has it that at this time there was a public water fountain up here, too.  That wooden tower was replaced by the sandstone tower in 1912, which was repaired in 1977.  There are plans for the tower to undergo repairs within the next three years.

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One of these poets, a Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, even got himself immortalized on a plaque on the tower wall.  If you look him up, though, it seems he is mostly known for being a pen-pal with actual famous poets.

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Leading to the tower are a variety of hiking trails that can be a brief 15-minutes to an hour.

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Be forewarned, dear adventurer, it is not uncommon to happen upon lovers in intimate embrace just off the beaten trails.

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In July, fireworks are set off from the parking lot next to the tower.  In November, the tower gets outfitted with lights for the holiday season.  In February, fireworks are also set off from the parking lot for the Greenfield Winter Carnival.  During these times, access to the tower is temporarily restricted.

Address: Mountain Road, Greenfield, Ma
Coords: N 42° 35 40.56 W 72° 35 11.4
Hours: sunrise to sunset

Date visited: 07/10/2016 at 9:35am

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