The Lamson and Goodnow Cutlery Company was almost my first diorama. The prototype is located in Buckland, the town next to the one I live in. The facility is extremely complex and unique. It is also very special in that it has been operating (and still is) as the Lamson and Cutlery Company since the first buildings were constructed on this site in the middle of the nineteenth century. . I also visited this site as a graduate student in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning program at the University of Massachsetts in Amherst. Since giving a presentation to the town in 1980, I have maintained my connections and interest. Key figures I met then became the major players in revitalizing this “Capital of the Hill Towns”. The most recent streetscape improvements have connected the town center to a park and activities adjacent to Lamson and Goodnow.
The following is text from an ad I wrote for the kit:
" In 1851 the Lamson & Goodnow Cutlery Company constructed a new manufacturing facility on the banks of the Deerfield River Our kit, which consists of three masonry and two wood buildings, captures all the distinctive features and flavor of the actual complex.
With available water power on one side and the Boston & Maine Railroad on the other, Lamson & Goodnow was well positioned for success. In fact, 145 years later Lamson & Goodnow is still in same buildings and still producing very fine cutlery. It was a delight to develop a kit from the actual complex, which is not only incredibly well preserved, but only eight miles up the road from our studio."
In 2006, the L&G site and all it's buildings were put on the market, ending over one and a half centuries of manufacturing in the same location. As of this writing (summer of 2006), the fate of these buildings is not known.