Agricultural Hall

An Urban Agriculture Supply & Resource Center

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Agricultural Hall?

In 1818, the Massachusetts Society for the Promotion of Agriculture built the original Agricultural Hall on Dighton Street in Brighton.  It served as the hub of the Brighton Fair and Cattle Show, one of the earliest and largest such fairs in the country.  In 1829, "a 17-pound turnip, a 19-pound radish, and a bough on which pears hung like a cluster of grapes were among the outstanding exhibits of that year."  In 1844 the building was moved to its present location at the corner of Chestnut Hill Avenue and Washington Street.

Dr. William P. Marchione & 

The Bostonian Society

Brighton Allston Historical Society

Agricultural Hall

245 Amory Street

Jamaica Plain, MA  02130

617-388-7378  /  e-mail Ag Hall

Sat.&Sun., 10:00am-2:30pm & by appt.


Native Bumblebees and Orchard Bees

April 13, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Learn about our native mason and bumble bees, and how to provide them an attractive and nurturing nesting house.  

To register for this $30 class and workshop, check back here by April 6, or send a request to

Attendees are encouraged to bring an empty tin or aluminum can measuring around 3-4 inches in diameter and 4-5 inches tall.  Why?  You'll see.....

Mason bees, or orchard bees, are prodigious pollinators.  Unlike honey bees, mason bees are solitary (and native to the Americas) and, as such, all females are fertile and produce eggs which they lay in small deep holes packed with food (a pollen and nectar mix), and seal with mud.


Several species of mason bees occur naturally in the northeast, and when females are active, they have to find just the right nesting site.  If you provide them a good nesting site, they will quickly move in.

Agricultural Hall has several living configurations to choose from -- from dirt-cheap digs to splendid "Chalet" accommodations.   It's all about the same to the bees.  Here are the latest listings.  More supplies and information available at Agricultural Hall.  Call or stop by: