The tower was built on its present site in Greenfield to commemorate a spot where the many poets of the area traditionally had written poetry as long ago as the 1830’s. The stone tower was built in 1912 replacing an earlier wooden one first built in 1879. The present tower was refurbished in 1977. From its tower, you can see both the Ct. and Green River Valleys. Paths lead to it and an annual poetry contest sponsored by the Friends of Greenfield Library is named in honor of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman who first named the locale as Poet's Seat in his journals of 1850.