Oral history CD's are available at
the library, thanks to the CPA, or available for purchase from the
Historical Society ($15 for one; $25 for a 2-CD set). Click here for order form and list
of oral histories.
Some recent Whately Oral Histories
are available on line
thanks to FCAT community television.
Farmers of Whately - full documentary
Grass Alpaca Farm
J & J Maple Farm
LaSalle, Farm Tales May 4, 2017
Swift, History of Tobacco Farming Nov. 3, 2016
Cemetery Preservation by Darcy Tozier and Paul Fleuriel, March
Farming in the 1850's by Dereka Smith, Oct. 6, 2016
I-91 Came Through by Barry Dietz, March 5, 2018
Bean, April 4, 2018
Whately historical inventory forms now on line!
Many of Whately's historic buildings, structures, cemeteries and
neighborhoods have been documented on forms on file with the Mass.
Historical Commission. These forms may now be viewed on line and
downloaded via MACRIS, the Mass.
Cultural Resource Inventory System. Click on the link and follow
the search directions to discover a vast trove of information about
Whately's history. Is your house there?
Are your ancestors
buried in Whately?
You may be able to learn
more about them and see images of their graves at these links:
Whately Cemetery (records on 50 interments)
Whately Cemetery (records on 596 interments)
Center Cemetery (records on 141 interments)
Valley History has posted 11
historical maps of Whately on line dating from 1795 to 2005. Click
here to access their map page and then click on each map that
Cooley map of 1830, redrawn by Don Sluter.
as I remembered it in 1880, a schematic drawing of the locations
of households done in 1955.
The Scoop has all the rundown on Whately
events and activities. Click here for
current and back copies.
Books and Publications
Baldwin, Henry C, Guide to Whately
Pottery and The Potters, Whately Massachusetts, 1778 to 1873,
Northampton, MA, 1999.
Cane, Ena M., Whately Massachusetts,
1771-1971, Whately, MA, 1972.*
James M., History
of the town of Whately, Mass Including a narrative of leading events
from the first planting of Hatfield, 1661-1899, Orange, MA,
Massachusetts Division of
Conservation and Resources, Whately
June 2009, the Whately Heritage Landscape Inventory Report.
Historical Commission, Historic
and Archaeological Resources of the Connecticut River Valley, a
Framework for Preservation, 1988.
Historical Commission, Reconnaissance
Survey Town Report: Whatley [sic], 1982.
James F., Connecticut Valley Vernacular, the Vanishing Landscape
and Architecture of the New England Tobacco Fields, Philadelphia,
Quonquont Farm, History
of Quonquont Farm.
J. H., Town of Whately, Mass.,
1660-1871, Boston, MA, 1872.
Lura Woodside, Early New England
Potters and Their Wares, Cambridge, 1950.
Whately Library Trustees, History
of the Whately Library.
*Reprinted by and
available from the Whately Historical Society.