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Spring is here, folks. It’s time to start exploring the outdoors, embrace the fresh air, and experience the picturesque floral transformation that our state will undergo over the next few months.
In addition to spring hikes and road races, Massachusetts is also home to a destination that is truly one-of-a-kind, in the sense that it is, literally, the only one in the world.
Nestled along Massachusetts’ scenic Mohawk Trail, located off of Route 2, you will find the charming village of Shelburne Falls, MA sitting in the foothills of the Berkshires. Within this bucolic village, lives the world famous and exceedingly beautiful, Bridge of Flowers.
Open April 1st through October 30th, the Bridge of Flowers features over 500 varieties of flowers, vines, and shrubs that span across 400 feet.
You might be asking yourself: how did this Bridge of Flowers come to be?
Initially, back in 1908, the bridge served its purpose as a trolley bridge, where the Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway trolley hauled freight between the rail yard in Shelburne Falls and a number of mills in Colrain, while also acting as a transportation source for local residents.
After the railway company went out of business in 1928, the trolley bridge then transformed into a bridge of flowers, and has been cared for by the Shelburne Falls Women’s Club Bridge of Flowers Committee for over eighty years.
A huge component in keeping the bridge flourished is the annual volunteer program in which volunteers are invited on Wednesday evenings from 5-7:00 PM all season long to help enhance and preserve all of the bridge’s beauty. There is also a “Friends of the Bridge” annual giving program that allows supporters to donate to the general operating budget to help keep the bridge blooming.
Our words certainly don’t capture the full captivating essence of the Bridge of Flowers experience, but these photos will certainly help to prelude it’s beauty.
You can visit the Bridge of Flowers’ website here, and also Like them on Facebook here. Lastly, for a glance at the transformation that the bridge had taken over its course, click here.