A MESSAGE FROM STAN FREEMAN
In 1994, while working as a newspaper science writer in Massachusetts, I started Hampshire House Publishing Company as a part-time publisher of regional natural history guides. In the more than 25 years since then, I've published five state or regional guides. The two best-selling books, THE NATURAL HISTORY OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS and THE NATURAL HISTORY OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS, have sold more than 20,000 copies between them.
However, I'm now retired and in my seventies and since this is a one-person operation, the books might disappear if I could no longer keep the publishing company operating.
After consulting with Mike Nasuti, the award-winning illustrator for the books and near retirement himself, we've decided to make PDFs of the Eastern and Western Massachusetts guides available as free downloads on this site. The files can be shared freely but may not be used for reprinting the physical books, which will still be available on Amazon and through distributors supplying book stores.
Below are the downloads in two sizes each – a larger file, nearly 45 MB, with high-resolution photos and graphics, and a smaller file, about 20 MB, that can be sent through most email systems.
Also below is more information as well as reviews about all our guides.