Hopkins Forest Celebrates Fall

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 26, 2019—Local residents are invited to the annual Fall Festival at the Hopkins Forest in Williamstown, Sunday, Oct. 6, from noon to 3 p.m. This event celebrates the changing of the seasons and the bounty of our wooded landscapes. Some special features this year are music, apple butter and cider production, an active honey bee hive, a live beam hewing demonstration, refreshments, a canopy walkway, a contra dance, guided hikes, and children’s activities. There will also be hands-on activities such as traditional shake-splitting and a cross-cut saw competition.

The 2600 acre Hopkins Forest—most of which was donated to the college in the 1930s by the family of Colonel Amos Lawrence Hopkins—has been actively managed by Williams College for teaching and research endeavors for nearly 50 years. In addition, the Forest has an array of hiking and cross-country ski trails, along with a visitor center, an herb garden, and a maple sugaring operation.

The festival is free to the public and appropriate for all ages. Those unable to visit the festival are invited to visit Hopkins Forest another time. It is located at 271 Northwest Hill Road in Williamstown and is open daily during daylight hours. For more information on the forest and related activities, contact the forest manager at 597-4353 or at [email protected].


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications 413-597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map