Laurel Park: Celebrating 150 Years

Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton (20 West St, Northampton MA 01060)


Laurel Park is a cluster of 100 cottages and 5 community buildings on 40 acres of shared woodland in Northampton. It was founded 150 years ago by Methodists, and was a popular center for summer camp meetings and Chautauqua gatherings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today it is a secular year-round community, still administering itself on shared land. It is a peaceful spot that retains much of the “camp feeling” of earlier days.
This exhibition features historical photographs and informative texts arranged on panels beautifully designed by Kandy Littrell. They are replicas of the permanent historical signs, made with a grant from the Northampton Community Preservation Committee, which will be unveiled at a public celebration on October 22, 2022, beginning in Laurel Park’s Tabernacle at 11 am. All are welcome!