The Friends of Norcross Center, Inc.
The Norcross House was built in the 1880's as a summer home for the family of J. Franklin Norcross. He was sent by his father and uncle, the Norcross Brothers of Worcester, to operate the brownstone quarries they had purchased in 1876.
The architectural style is a late Victorian version of the Greek Revival period. With its three gabled wings, scrolled posts and bay window, the house reflects gracious family living of the Victorian age. A carriage house, one of the few remaining in town, stands northeast of the house.
The Norcross family owned the property until 1949, when it began a lengthy transition through other uses. The East Longmeadow Tea Room occupied the first floor until 1953, when the property was converted into the Busy Bee Pre-School.
In 1961, it became a short-lived studio for artists. The carriage house was a gallery.
Podiatrist Dr. Leon Feffer, bought the house in 1961. It served as his residence and office until his death. When his wife subsequently died, the Springfield Day Nursery purchased the property from her estate in 1999. Their plans for demolishing the house and erecting a new day-care center were ultimately unsuccessful, setting the stage for our preservation effort today.
Threatened with demolition, the home was saved from demolition in 2003 by a non-profit preservation group. This united effort by many citizens of East Longmeadow and their friends continues today.
The Norcross Center, Inc. of East Longmeadow, a nonprofit corporation, has taken on the steps toward Restoration and Preservation. The ultimate goal is the creation of a historical research and education complex at the Norcross House, called the Norcross Center. It will complement the Museum and Commision Headquarters House, and nearby Library.
The Norcross Center today is used for a variety of events. Arts and crafts galleries, parties, historical education, and receptions are to name a few.
Saturday, May 1st, 9 a.m. Tag Sale in The Carriage House
Thursday, May 7th, 7 p.m. Judge Michael Ponsor will talk about his book, “The Hanging Judge”---an extraordinary debut thriller that offers an unprecedented inside view of a federal death penalty trial. No fee.
Thursday, May 14th, 7 p.m. Michael Matty will share a slide presentation of his Mt. Everest climb in 2011. Matty is president of St. Germain Investment Management in Springfield. On reaching the top of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain, Matty entered an exclusive club of about 300 who have mastered the “Seven Summits,” the tallest peaks on the seven continents. No fee.
Friday, June 5th, 7 p.m. Actor J. T. turner brings America’s great poet, Robert Frost, to life, telling the stories of Frost’s life, the tragedy as well as the humor. He also reads some of Frost’s most popular poems. $10.00 fee. Presented in part by a grant from the East Longmeadow Cultural Council. To purchase tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Having A Gathering?
Birthday Celebration, Special Anniversary, Baby or Bridal Shower, Family Reunion, Book Group Meeting, Graduation, Jack and Jill or any other special gathering of family, friends or business associates?
Our historical complex includes a spacious two-story home and a newly renovated Carriage House. Ample parking is located onsite or across the street.
Call 525-1122 to talk to our rental agent and schedule a preview of the Center.
Consider this unique space for your special event.