Westhampton joins ‘Great Hall of Flags’ at Statehouse

  • This flag will represent Westhampton in the “Great Hall of Flags” at the Statehouse. From left are Superintendent of the Bureau of the State House Tammy Kraus, flag designer Robert Miller, Priscilla Miller, Sen. Adams Hinds, Rep. Peter Kocot,Westhampton Select Board member Phil Dowling, Westhampton Town Administrator Cheryl Provost, flag designer Mary Montague and Peter Montague. Office of Sen. Adam Hinds

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

WESTHAMPTON — A flag representing the town of Westhampton will hang in the “Great Hall of Flags” at the Statehouse, joining more than 300 other flags representing municipalities across Massachusetts.

On Wednesday, state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, and state Rep. Peter Kocot, D-Northampton, hosted town officials including Cheryl Provost, administrative assistant, and Philip Dowling, Select Board member, as well as town residents who presented the flag to Tammy Kraus, superintendent of the Bureau of the State House.

Mary Montague, a local artist and owner of Bridgmont Farm, designed the flag using a photo of a large walnut tree in front of Blacksmith Shop Museum in the center of town.

The story in town goes that the tree was planted in the early 1800s by Sylvester Judd Jr., a historian, statesman and editor of the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Resident Robert Miller collaborated on the tree’s design, using a computer to superimpose the town seal on a photo of the tree.

The Bureau of the State House has been collecting flags from the 351 communities in Massachusetts for two decades. Only 13 municipal flags are needed to complete the collection.

“It’s always fun to see people in the Great Hall looking for their hometown’s flag,” Hinds said in a statement. “My office has received calls from some western Mass residents who were disappointed that they couldn’t find a flag, because their community isn’t represented in the Great Hall. I’m please that after today Westhampton’s flag will hang proudly for all to see and admire on Beacon Hill.”

Caitlin Ashworth can be reached at cashworth@gazettenet.com.