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Granville, Hampden, MA

Granville was first settled by English colonists in 1736 and was officially incorporated in 1754, after the end of the Indian wars in 1750. Early settlers could get a 100-acre (0.40 km2) lot for free, providing they built a house and "put four acres in English hay". Perhaps the most famous resident of that era was Oliver Phelps, whose purchase of 6 million acres (24,000 km2) in western New York (Phelps and Gorham Purchase) following the American Revolutionary War remains the largest real estate purchase in US history.


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1839 - Granville
Granville, Massachusetts
Hampden county. This is a mountainous township, 110 miles W.S.W. from Boston and 14 W. from Springfield. It contains good soapstone and 1,500 sheep. The wool sold in 1837 for $2,572. There are some manufactures in Granville of pocket books, boots, shoes, leather, and silver ware. Although the land is high, the soil in many parts is very good and productive. The village is very pleasant. Incorporated, 1754. Population, 1837, 1,439.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - GRANVILLE. [Pop. 1,414. Inc. 1754.]
Granville once included a part of the town of Tolland.

The surface is mountainous, and is watered by a branch of Little River, which runs into the Westfield, and one of Farmington River, which runs into the Connecticut.

The inhabitants depend upon agriculture.

Distance from Springfield, 13 miles ; from Boston, 110.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Granville
This town was incorporated in 1754, and included in its original limits the present town of Tolland. Rev. Moses Tuttle appears to have been the first minister. He was settled in 1747, and continued pastor here about six years; he was succeeded by Rev. Jedediah Smith, who was ordained in 1756. Mr. Smith was a man of uncommon piety, pleasantness, and affability. After his dismission, in 1776, he preached his farewell sermon, and embarked at Middletown, Con., with his family, for Louisiana. In a long passage up the Mississippi, being exposed to an intense heat and noxious atmosphere, he was attacked with a fever, and in a phrensy leaped into the river. Though rescued from the water, he soon after died, and was buried on the land. The river gradually encroached on the bank, till the grave was borne away, and ‘no man knoweth of his sepulcher unto this day.’ His family went on and founded a settlement in that remote country. The descendants comprise some of the most respectable citizens of... Read MORE...

1859
GRANVILLE, a township in Hampden co., in Massachusetts, 120 m. S by W of Boston. Pop. 1,414.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
Granville Massachusetts, 1890
Granville is a large mountainous town in the southwestern part of Hampden County, about 115 miles southwest of Boston. It has Blandford, Russell and Westfield on the north, the last and Southwick on the east, Tolland on the west, and Granby and Hartland, in Connecticut, on the south. The area is upwards of 25,500 acres,— 23,772 acres being assessed. There are 8,561 acres of woodland.

A hill called "Great Rock," west of East Granville village, and near the centre of the town, is a picturesque object in the landscape; Mitchell's Mountain, a mile or two south, rises to the height of 1,362 feet; and Bad Luck Mountain, South Mountain and Prospect Hill are also notable eminences, adding to the variety and grandeur of the scenery. There are two large ponds in the northwest, and smaller ones in the eastern part of the town. Tillison's and Dickinson's brooks flow easterly from the central part of the town, and Hubbard's River and Valley Brook, in the western and middle sections, now... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to see and things to do in Granville:
Granville State Forest: This beautiful state forest covers over 2,400 acres and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. You can explore miles of hiking trails, go camping, have a picnic by the pond, or simply enjoy the stunning natural surroundings. Don't forget to bring your fishing gear to try your luck in the forest's ponds and streams.

Rte. 57 Scenic Byway: Take a leisurely drive along Route 57, which runs through Granville, and enjoy the picturesque views of rolling hills, farms, and classic New England landscapes. It's especially stunning during the fall foliage season when the leaves change colors.

Granville Gorge: This natural wonder is a must-see in Granville. The gorge is a deep, narrow chasm carved by the Westfield River and offers a breathtaking view of cascading waterfalls. It's a popular spot for hiking and photography.

Lost Acres Vineyard: For wine enthusiasts, Lost Acres Vineyard is a hidden gem in Granville. You can take a tour of the vineyard, enjoy wine... Read MORE...

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