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Agawam, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

"Ag'awam', a post-village of Hampden co., Mass, is in Agawam township, about 1 mile W. of the Connecticut River, and 4 miles S.W. of Springfield. The township has 5 churches, a paper-mill, a woollen-factory, a gin distillery, and a brick-yard. Pop, in 1880, 2216; in 1890, 2352."

"Feed'ing Hills, a post-village of Hampden co, Mass. in Agawam township, 6 or 7 miles W.S.W. of Springfield. It has 2 churches and a high school."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

Included in Agawam are: Feeding Hills and Hubbards Corner.
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  • 1635 - Agwam is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1636 - First house built in Agawam Meadows. Large tract of land purchased by William Pynchon from the Agawam tribe of Indians for 18 fathom of wampum, 18 coats, 18 hatchets, 18 hoes and 18 knives.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/

  • 1660 - Thomas Cooper, Abel Leonard and Thomas Merrick settled on the south-west side of the Agawam River and within a few years grants of home lots were made at various points.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/

  • 1666 - First sawmill built in Feeding Hills.

    www.agawam-history.org

  • 1696 - Agawam became the 2nd Parish of Springfield and the 1st of West Springfield.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/

  • 1698 - A church was formed in Agawam with Rev. John Woodbridge as pastor.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/

  • 1740 - First meeting house in Agawam was built on land of Reuben Leonard, one mile west of sawmill near parish line of Feeding Hills.
    Schools had been established in Agawam and Feeding Hills.
    http://www.agawam-history.org/

  • 1740 - Schools had been established in Agawam and Feeding Hills.

    www.agawam-history.org

  • 1750 Tavern erected in Feeding Hills, kept by Col Mosely. Morley's and Flowers taverns followed, also three on Agawam Street

    www.agawam-history.org

  • 1757 - Agawam was set off as the 6th Parish of Springfield containing about 75 families.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/

  • Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
    "Old Brick" School House, Built about 1760, Renewed in 1906, Feeding Hills, Mass.
  • 1774 - West Springfield was incorporated as a town with Agawam as its 2nd Parish.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/

  • 1780 - Peppermint distillery established in Agawam. Later, potato whiskey was manufactured, followed by cider brandy and rye gin.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/

  • 1800 - Agawam and Feeding Hills divided into two distinct parishes in the town of West Springfield.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/

  • 1810 One of the first cotton mills in Western Massachusetts (Agwam) built on land now owned by Riverside Park at mouth of 3-mile Brook. A settlement of tenements for the mill help was known as the "Factory Ground".

    http://www.agawam-history.org/

  • 1819 The first Sunday School in Agwam was organized.

    ww.agawam-history.org

  • 1834 Congregational Church built in Feeding Hills.

    www.agawam-history.org

  • 1840 Methodist Church built in south part of Agawam.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/

  • 1854 - Agawam
    Agawam, a post-village of Hampden county, Massachusetts, on the west side of Connecticut river, 98 miles W. S. W. from Boston.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

  • 1855 - Agawam separated from West Springfield and was incorporated as a town including Feeding Hills and Mittineague, with a population of about 1500. The first town meeting was held in the Methodist Church.

    www.agawam-history.org/ agawam.php

  • 1859
    AGAWAM, a village of Massachusetts, U.S., in Hampden county, on the W side of the Connecticut river, 98 m. WSW of Boston.
    A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859

  • 1861 - 172 men went from the town (of Agawam) to the Civil War, of whom 22 died either in battle or from disease. The women formed a Soldier's Relief Society working for the soldiers and contributing $1000 in money.

    www.agawam-history.org/ agawam.php

  • Agawam Massachusetts, 1890
    "Agawam is a very beautiful town having two postal villages, — Agawam (centre) and Feeding Hills. In 1885, it had a population of 2,357, and a territo...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Agawam / Feeding Hills
    Ag'awam', a post-village of Hampden co., Mass, is in Agawam township, about 1 mile W. of the Connecticut River, and 4 miles S.W. of Springfield. The t...Read MORE...


  • Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
    Entrance to Riverside Park, Agawam, Mass.

    Riverside Park "...started out as a picnic grove called Gallup's Grove in 1870, and was eventually renamed Riverside Grove, then Riverside Park. Prior to 1900, most of the park's patrons arrived via... Read MORE...

  • Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
    Town Hall and School
  • Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
    First Baptist Church. Agawam, Mass.
  • Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
    Westfield Street looking South, Feeding Hills, Mass.
  • 1905 - Electrical lines were extended to give service to Agawam.

    www.agawam-history.org/ agawam.php

  • News 1908 - THREE KILLED IN EXPLOSION. Dynamite That Was Placed on a Steam Pipe Became Overheated.
    AGAWAM, Mass., Sept. 8. - Three men were killed and six others injured by the explosion of twenty pounds of dynamite on Provin Mountain, near the plac...Read MORE...


  • Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
    Feeding Hills Village, Mass., from Railroad Crossing, 1909
  • Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
    A Shady Nook
  • Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
    Lay Memorial Methodist Church, Feeding Hills
  • Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
    Feeding Hills Center, Mass., looking North
  • 1916
    Ag'awam', a post-village of Hampden co., Mass., is in Agawam township (town), about 1 mile W. of the Connecticut River and 4 miles SW. of Springfield....Read MORE...


  • Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street looking South
  • Agawam, Massachusetts, USA

  • News 1955 - Golden Eagle Returns to Duty as Weathervane
    Newly Feathered With Gold Leaf, Old Landmark Is Placed on Agawam Church Spire

    Agawam, Sept. 6. The Agawam Congregational Church, newly painted on t...Read MORE...




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"Old Brick" School House, Built about 1760, Renewed in 1906, Feeding Hills, Mass.

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Entrance to Riverside Park, Agawam, Mass.

Riverside Park "...started out as a picnic grove called Gallup's Grove in 1870, and was eventually renamed Riverside Grove, then Riverside Park. Prior to 1900, most of the park's patrons arrived via... Read MORE...

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Town Hall and School

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First Baptist Church. Agawam, Mass.

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Westfield Street looking South, Feeding Hills, Mass.


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Feeding Hills Village, Mass., from Railroad Crossing, 1909

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A Shady Nook

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Lay Memorial Methodist Church, Feeding Hills

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Feeding Hills Center, Mass., looking North

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Main Street looking South

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  • 1635 - Agwam is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1636 - First house built in Agawam Meadows. Large tract of land purchased by William Pynchon from the Agawam tribe of Indians for 18 fathom of wampum, 18 coats, 18 hatchets, 18 hoes and 18 knives.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/
  • 1660 - Thomas Cooper, Abel Leonard and Thomas Merrick settled on the south-west side of the Agawam River and within a few years grants of home lots were made at various points.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/
  • 1666 - First sawmill built in Feeding Hills.

    www.agawam-history.org
  • 1696 - Agawam became the 2nd Parish of Springfield and the 1st of West Springfield.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/
  • 1698 - A church was formed in Agawam with Rev. John Woodbridge as pastor.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/
  • 1740 - First meeting house in Agawam was built on land of Reuben Leonard, one mile west of sawmill near parish line of Feeding Hills.
    Schools had been established in Agawam and Feeding Hills.
    http://www.agawam-history.org/
  • 1740 - Schools had been established in Agawam and Feeding Hills.

    www.agawam-history.org
  • 1750 Tavern erected in Feeding Hills, kept by Col Mosely. Morley's and Flowers taverns followed, also three on Agawam Street

    www.agawam-history.org
  • 1757 - Agawam was set off as the 6th Parish of Springfield containing about 75 families.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/
  • 1774 - West Springfield was incorporated as a town with Agawam as its 2nd Parish.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/
  • 1780 - Peppermint distillery established in Agawam. Later, potato whiskey was manufactured, followed by cider brandy and rye gin.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/
  • 1800 - Agawam and Feeding Hills divided into two distinct parishes in the town of West Springfield.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/
  • 1810 One of the first cotton mills in Western Massachusetts (Agwam) built on land now owned by Riverside Park at mouth of 3-mile Brook. A settlement of tenements for the mill help was known as the "Factory Ground".

    http://www.agawam-history.org/
  • 1819 The first Sunday School in Agwam was organized.

    ww.agawam-history.org
  • 1834 Congregational Church built in Feeding Hills.

    www.agawam-history.org
  • 1840 Methodist Church built in south part of Agawam.

    http://www.agawam-history.org/
  • 1854 - Agawam
    Agawam, a post-village of Hampden county, Massachusetts, on the west side of Connecticut river, 98 miles W. S. W. from Boston.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1855 - Agawam separated from West Springfield and was incorporated as a town including Feeding Hills and Mittineague, with a population of about 1500. The first town meeting was held in the Methodist Church.

    www.agawam-history.org/ agawam.php
  • 1859
    AGAWAM, a village of Massachusetts, U.S., in Hampden county, on the W side of the Connecticut river, 98 m. WSW of Boston.
    A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
  • 1861 - 172 men went from the town (of Agawam) to the Civil War, of whom 22 died either in battle or from disease. The women formed a Soldier's Relief Society working for the soldiers and contributing $1000 in money.

    www.agawam-history.org/ agawam.php
  • Agawam Massachusetts, 1890
    "Agawam is a very beautiful town having two postal villages, — Agawam (centre) and Feeding Hills. In 1885, it had a population of 2,357, and a... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Agawam / Feeding Hills
    Ag'awam', a post-village of Hampden co., Mass, is in Agawam township, about 1 mile W. of the Connecticut River, and 4 miles S.W. of Springfield. The... Read MORE...

  • Riverside Park, Agawam, MA - History With Photos


    Riverside Park, Agawam, MA - History With Photos (www.youtube.com)
  • 1905 - Electrical lines were extended to give service to Agawam.

    www.agawam-history.org/ agawam.php
  • News  1908 - THREE KILLED IN EXPLOSION. Dynamite That Was Placed on a Steam Pipe Became Overheated.
    AGAWAM, Mass., Sept. 8. - Three men were killed and six others injured by the explosion of twenty pounds of dynamite on Provin Mountain, near the... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Ag'awam', a post-village of Hampden co., Mass., is in Agawam township (town), about 1 mile W. of the Connecticut River and 4 miles SW. of... Read MORE...

  • News  1955 - Golden Eagle Returns to Duty as Weathervane
    Newly Feathered With Gold Leaf, Old Landmark Is Placed on Agawam Church Spire

    Agawam, Sept. 6. The Agawam Congregational Church, newly painted on... Read MORE...

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