Historical Commission

Additional Page(s)

Commission Members:
Kit Carpenter, Chair, 413-863-2505
Pam Shoemaker, 413-863-4170
Robert Perry
Terri Rice
Charlene Currie
Bev Demars, 413-863-4792 (alternate member)
Lynda Hodsdon Mayo, 413-863-8103 (alternate member)

Mailing Address: 325 Main Road, Gill, MA 01354-9758

Meeting Schedule: The Commission generally meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 3:00 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.

No meetings currently scheduled.

Members.

5 of 7 seats. 3 years each seat.

  • Pam Shoemaker. June, 2022.
  • Robert Perry. June, 2022.
  • Kit Carpenter. June, 2023.
  • Charlene Currie. June, 2024.
  • Terri Rice. June, 2024.
  • VACANT
  • VACANT

Archaeological Accountability Policy

Because the Town of Gill is home to a large number of Native American and Colonial sites, including the nationally registered Riverside Archaeological District, the Gill Historical Commission (GHC) has developed this Archaeological Accountability Policy to help it better monitor archaeological sites and investigative surveys in town. Click here to read more


Riverside, Life Along the Connecticut River in Gill, Massachusetts

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 mail your completed order form and a check payable to "Town of Gill" for a minimum donation of $45.00 to the Gill Historical Commission, Town Hall, 325 Main Road, Gill, MA 01354.  Include an email address or telephone number so you can be contacted to arrange a pickup time.

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.

ISBN: 978-0-692-70578-0
Size: 10" x 8" -- Binding: Laminated hardcover -- Pages: 184
Available: September 2016 -- Minimum Donation: $45.00 per book
Printing: On-demand, digital printing in full color. Subsequent books printed as demand dictates. 
Questions? Email: pshoe27@gmail.com. Call: 413-863-4170 or 413-863-4792

-------------------------------
 

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.

Previous meetings:

Calendar of Events
Wed, Oct 20, 2021, 5:00 pm
Main Floor Town Hall
Posted to: Cemetery Commission
Planning Board -- SCHEDULED
Thu, Oct 21, 2021, 5:30 pm
Town Hall upstairs
Posted to: Planning Board
Thu, Oct 21, 2021, 6:15 pm
Fire Station
Posted to: Fire Dept
Fri, Oct 22, 2021, All Day
Town Hall
Posted to: Town Hall
Tue, Oct 26, 2021, 7:15 pm
Zoom Meeting
Fri, Oct 29, 2021, All Day
Town Hall
Posted to: Town Hall