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The Bridge Of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

Updated on September 22, 2017
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Exploring new places can be great fun especially when it's something a little different. When I find something interesting, I love to share

Entrance to The Bridge Of Flowers
Entrance to The Bridge Of Flowers | Source

A Great Day In Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

Shelburne Falls is located in Northwest, Massachusetts not too far from the Vermont and New York state borders.

The Bridge of Flowers is an old trolley bridge, built in 1908, that ceased to be used in 1928. Antionette and Walter Burnham wanted to transform the bridge into what it is today, and that happened in 1929.

Not only is the Bridge a wonderful experience, but the Town of Shelburne Falls is very cute. There are a lot of boutique type shops and interesting little cafes, pottery, handcrafted jewelry and art shoppes.

Also, not to be missed are the glacial potholes in the Deerfield River only about 2 blocks away from The Bridge of Flowers. Shelburne Falls boasts of the world's largest pothole of record.

You may also visit the Trolley Museum on the Buckland side and view restored trolleys and ride on one.

If you would like to stay in the area overnight, there are many bed and breakfasts in the surrounding area.

This Is Where We Started Our Bridge of Flowers Walk - You May Walk The Bridge Of Flowers From Either End Of The Bridge

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Enter-The-Bridge-of-Flowers | Source

On our first trip, was in April, the season does not officially start until May 1. We were able to find 2 hour parking on the street on the Buckland side of the river. I would suspect when the season starts, it might be a better idea to pull into one of the public parking lots. Shelburne Falls is not so large that walking from public parking would be too challenging. In August, when we visited, we parked in one of the ample parking lots behind the buildings on Bridge Street.

We took Interstate 91 to Exit 26, Route 2 through Shelburne Falls. Coming from this direction, The Bridge of Flowers is at the other end of town.

Route 2 along the Deerfield River is the Mohawk Trail. It is known for its scenic beauty, particularly in fall foliage months.

The sign pictured above is on the entrance to The Bridge of Flowers on the Buckland side.

The is so much to see and do along the Mohawk Trail - The Bridge of Flowers is just one attraction

Plan your trip along the Mohawk Trail to see everything there is to see along the way.

Take a trip in the Fall to see the beautiful foliage or enjoy the greens of Spring and Summer.

Check out what the Mohawk Trail has to offer.

The Bridge Of Flowers - It is handicapped and wheelchair accessible

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Viewing The Bridge of Flowers is free.  Small donation boxes are located at either end, if you wish to contribute.Along the path.Hibiscus the size of saucers -- large saucersTaken August 23, 2012A beautiful cluster of assorted impatiensLavender colored rose of sharon in the backgroundAugust 23,2012View from the Bridge of Flowers
Viewing The Bridge of Flowers is free.  Small donation boxes are located at either end, if you wish to contribute.
Viewing The Bridge of Flowers is free. Small donation boxes are located at either end, if you wish to contribute. | Source
Along the path.
Along the path. | Source
Hibiscus the size of saucers -- large saucers
Hibiscus the size of saucers -- large saucers | Source
Taken August 23, 2012
Taken August 23, 2012 | Source
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A beautiful cluster of assorted impatiens
A beautiful cluster of assorted impatiens | Source
Lavender colored rose of sharon in the background
Lavender colored rose of sharon in the background | Source
August 23,2012
August 23,2012 | Source
View from the Bridge of Flowers
View from the Bridge of Flowers | Source

A beautiful and fitting tributes on the Bridge of Flowers - Shelburne-Buckland War Memorials will always be surrounded by flowers

Shelburne-Buckland-War-Memorials
Shelburne-Buckland-War-Memorials | Source

This is a nice way to have memorials -- amid flowers.

Each of these memorial has its own separate place along the bridge. The one on the left is for WWI and WWII; the one on the right is for Korea and Vietnam.

There are benches near each memorial if you would like to sit and ponder.

The Glacial Pot Holes, Shelburne Falls - Viewing the pot holes is free.

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Glacial-Pot-Hole-Information-Shelburne-Falls | Source

The glacial pot holes are within a two or three block walk of The Bridge of Flowers. There is a small parking lot right near the pot holes if you prefer to drive.

Signs for the pot holes are prominent in the town.

The main street running down the center of town is Bridge Street. The sign pictured here is on the side of a building on the corner of Bridge Street and Deerfield Avenue. It is on the Deerfield Avenue side of the building.

The Glacial Pot Holes Photos - Deerfield River, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

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Looking down on the pot holes from the scenic overlook at the end of Deerfield AvenueA view across the pot holes to the Shelburne FallsInformation on the Indian fishing treaty.Standing back and looking across the pot holes to the other side.Another view down into the pot holes.Information on the Indian Fishing Treaty on the side of a building on the corner of Deerfield Avenue and Bridge Street.
Looking down on the pot holes from the scenic overlook at the end of Deerfield Avenue
Looking down on the pot holes from the scenic overlook at the end of Deerfield Avenue | Source
A view across the pot holes to the Shelburne Falls
A view across the pot holes to the Shelburne Falls | Source
Information on the Indian fishing treaty.
Information on the Indian fishing treaty. | Source
Standing back and looking across the pot holes to the other side.
Standing back and looking across the pot holes to the other side. | Source
Another view down into the pot holes.
Another view down into the pot holes. | Source
Information on the Indian Fishing Treaty on the side of a building on the corner of Deerfield Avenue and Bridge Street.
Information on the Indian Fishing Treaty on the side of a building on the corner of Deerfield Avenue and Bridge Street. | Source

Cynthia Fisher's Mosaics are Located Throughout Shelburne and Buckland - Here are Six of the Twelve Mosaics

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The Shelburne mosaic is on the front of Memorial Hall on Bridge StreetThe Deerfield River mosaic is also on Deerfield Avenue on the "Young & Constantin Gallery"This Mohawk mosaic is on the side of the Rod & Gun Club on Deerfield Street.   You will see it walking to the glacial pot holes.This Rowe (village) mosaic is located on the Buckland side of the Deerfield River on "A Brush With Faith"The Colrain mosaic is located at the corner of Main Street and Bridge Street on the Gypsy Apple Restaurant (now closed).Plainfield Mosaic
The Shelburne mosaic is on the front of Memorial Hall on Bridge Street
The Shelburne mosaic is on the front of Memorial Hall on Bridge Street | Source
The Deerfield River mosaic is also on Deerfield Avenue on the "Young & Constantin Gallery"
The Deerfield River mosaic is also on Deerfield Avenue on the "Young & Constantin Gallery" | Source
This Mohawk mosaic is on the side of the Rod & Gun Club on Deerfield Street.   You will see it walking to the glacial pot holes.
This Mohawk mosaic is on the side of the Rod & Gun Club on Deerfield Street. You will see it walking to the glacial pot holes. | Source
This Rowe (village) mosaic is located on the Buckland side of the Deerfield River on "A Brush With Faith"
This Rowe (village) mosaic is located on the Buckland side of the Deerfield River on "A Brush With Faith" | Source
The Colrain mosaic is located at the corner of Main Street and Bridge Street on the Gypsy Apple Restaurant (now closed).
The Colrain mosaic is located at the corner of Main Street and Bridge Street on the Gypsy Apple Restaurant (now closed). | Source
Plainfield Mosaic
Plainfield Mosaic | Source

The Art of Cynthia Fisher

Mosaic Artist

As we walked through town we noticed beautiful mosaics on the sides of the buildings.

We stopped at the Visitor Information Center where we were given a map showing the location of all the mosaics throughout the village.

The Village of Shelburne Falls is comprised of several towns, including Shelburne, Rowe, Plainfield, and Colrain, among others. Cynthia Fisher visited the elementary schools and asked the children what they thought was most important in each village. The children picked the themes of the mosiacs. There are 12 murals depicting local towns and landmarks.

Shelburne-Trolley-Museum
Shelburne-Trolley-Museum | Source

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

Take a ride on a trolley!

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is opened from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The museum is located on Depot Street which is on the Buckland side of the Iron Bridge.

View restored trolleys.

The Town of Shelburne -The Village of Shelburne Falls

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Shelburne-Falls-Massachusetts | Source

Here is a glimpse of Bridge Street Shelburne looking toward Buckland. In the background, you can see the Iron Bridge which crosses the Deerfield River. The Iron Bridge is for automobiles. The Bridge of Flowers is parallel to the Iron Bridge and just out of the picture to the right.

The buildings in Shelburne are all substantial stone and brick turn of the century style.

You can see the on the street parking. There are also public parking lots behind the buildings.

The Town Of Shelburne Falls Is Fun To Explore - Take walk through town

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Village-Restaurant-Shelburne-Falls | Source

There are many gift shops, restaurants and coffee shops in the town of Shelburne.

We ate at the Village Restaurant. Cute atmosphere -- caned back booths and tables with chairs that look they came from your great grandmother's dining room set. Very reasonable prices.

They had a wide assortment of wraps, burgers (including veggie) and sandwiches. We had the tuna melt served on sour dough. We order sweet potato fries which came with an indescribably delicious dipping sauce. While we were eating a hot turkey sandwich went to another table. It looked great, served with mashed potatoes.

Other restaurants had equally as interesting menus.

Check out these links for more information

There are other area attractions as well as information on The Bridge of Flowers

My Google Maps - And Nearby Attractions.

Just to give you an idea of the location of Shelburne Falls in relation to the New York and Vermont borders.

If you take Route 2 west it will lead you to Troy, New York

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A markerLocation of The Bridge of Flowers -
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
get directions

B markerYankee Candle Flagship Shoppe -
25 Greenfield Avenue, South Greenfield, MA
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C markerNorman Rockwell Museum -
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA
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D markerHancock Shaker Village -
1843 W Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA
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© 2012 Ellen Gregory

Would you like to walk The Bridge of Flowers?

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    • theallin1writer profile image

      theallin1writer 5 years ago

      Wish I could visit!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Of course! It is absolutely lovely. Would love to visit the town as well.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      I would! It looks beautiful. Thanks for taking us with you on such a lovely walk.

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      I would love to. Flowers are lovely.

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      Soapmarked 5 years ago from TX

      Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing!

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Wonderful presentation of Shelburne Falls and the Bridge of Flowers. I have not visited the area in a while... Truly a beautiful place and you have done it justice. ~blessed~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love flowers especially those that are in bloom. The pathway is like a paradise to me. I really love everything especially the photos.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Yes this bridge is nicest I ever seen :)

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a gorgeous place!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      What a pretty place this would be to visit.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      This looks very lovely and peaceful.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      I'd love to walk along The Bridge of Flowers! It looks beautiful.