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Amherst is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts rife with history. Gaining township in 1759, Amherst was originally ‘bought’ from three natives indigenous to the area known as Umpanchla, Quonquont, and Chickwalopp by John Pynchon of Springfield, MA in 1658. Part of Amherst's cultural background is due in part to its Irish and African American population, which increased in the early 19th century. Amherst was also home to notable personalities such as Emily Dickinson [poet], Robert Frost [poet], Noah Webster [author of An American Dictionary of the English Language], and Helen Hunt Jackson [writer and activist] who openly advocated for the fair treatment of Native Americans across the United States - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Hunt_Jackson. With many historical museums sprinkled around Amherst, one can get a feel for how the town has changed over the years. One such museum is the Emily Dickinson Museum, where there are two buildings which make up the museum, The Evergreens and The Homestead - www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org.
Big on art and literature Amherst is at its best when visited in the summertime where many outdoor festivals happen, like The Taste of Amherst [http://business.amherstarea.com/events/details/2014-taste-of-amherst-13481] and Amherst Crafts on the Common [http://business.amherstarea.com/events/details/amherst-crafts-on-the-common-07-12-2014-13391] just to name a few. While golf, soccer, and spas are a great way for a one day getaway, you can also stay for a sabbatical, if writing is your thing, in the many hotels/B&B’s of the area. Visit Amherst, MA [www.amherstma.gov/]if you want a relaxing, yet mentally enriching vacation today!

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