A look at a neighboring community.
Despite its close proximity, I almost never go to the town of Easthampton. However I was there recently and took a few pictures, mostly in the downtown section. There are a lot of old houses, such as this one made of brick.
Here'a another colonial style home, only this one is made of wood.
I like how this store has a skirt and blouse on a pole.
There is an old cemetery within walking distance of downtown.
Some of the markers are so old you can't even read them, yet each anonymous stone still represents a human life.
In the town square there is this impressive tribute to veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. I don't think there is a town in the Valley more inclined to fly flags than Easthampton, making it pretty much the opposite of Amherst in that regard. In Amherst flag waving can actually be controversial.
On the wall of Townhall is this stone slab to the veterans of the Civil War. What's interesting is how many more died of disease than in battle. (click to enlarge)
The ages are also listed, most died around twenty years old. War is sometimes necessary, but the price is always terrible - with money being the least of it.
Speaking of Amherst, one of the best known poems by the town's world famous poet Emily Dickinson is Some Keep the Sabbath by Going to Church. In this unique rendition it has been turned into a rap song. Surprisingly it works, but I wonder what Miss Emily would have thought?