About Us

We are here for YOU!  Hitchcock Free Academy is a public non profit community center serving people of all ages by providing programs to enrich lives through a variety of activities since 1956. Please let us know what excites you and enriches your life, we want to offer what is important to you.

Visit our Calendar Page, Youth Course Listings or our listing for Ages 14 - Adult for the latest offerings.  If you have something you would like to see happen at Hitchcock please contact Sue Gregory at: sue@hitchcockacademy.org  

Mission Statement

The mission of Hitchcock Academy is to enrich the lives of area residents of all ages by providing educational, recreational and cultural programming for residents from the towns of Brimfield, Holland, Wales, Sturbridge and the surrounding communities.

A Brief History

From 1855-1954, Hitchcock Free Academy was a high school, one of the first to offer a high school education for free, thus the word "Free" in our name.  Mr. Samuel Austin Hitchcock was too poor to afford to go to high school but he set off in 1812 with one borrowed dollar to make his fortune and indeed he succeeded, becoming one of the wealthiest men in Massachusetts by the 1850's. 

Hitchcock closed as a high school in 1954 when Tantasqua Regional High School opened to meet the growing needs of the community.  It reopened in 1956 as a community center, and serves approximately 21,000 participants annually. While much has changed since 1855 - the core mission remains to serve community needs by enriching the lives of local residents in the arenas of education, recreation and culture.