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Ludlow, Hampden, MA

Although plans were drawn up for settlement as early as 1685, within the original boundaries of Springfield, Massachusetts was settled in 1751 as Stony Hill Parish. However, the town was later renamed Ludlow and incorporated as a separate entity in 1774, just before the breakout of the American Revolution.

Ludlow includes: Cherry Valley (Reservoir Section), Collins Station (Miller Street Station), and Red Bridge. mass_lookup.htm

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French Roman Catholic Church
Ludlow, Massachusetts, USA

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Methodist Episcopal Church
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East St. Looking West, Ludlow, Mass.
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1774 - Ludlow is incorporated

1839 - Ludlow
Ludlow, Massachusetts
Hampden county. This town lies N. of Wilbraham, and is separated from it by Chickopee river. It is 84 miles W. by S. from Boston and 10 N.E. from Springfield. Incorporated, 1774. The Chickopee here is a large stream, and adds much to the beauty of the place. There are two cotton mills in the town, and manufactures of palm-leaf hats and ploughs: total value, in one year, $160,850. Population, 1837, 1,329.
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 - LUDLOW. [Pop. 1,268. Inc. 1774.]
Ludlow was once a part of Springfield, and was probably named after one of Oliver Cromwell's generals, who publibhed valuable memoirs of his life and times.

There is a factory village on the Chicopee, but the town is essentially agricultural.

Distance from Springfield, 10 miles; from Boston, 84.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Ludlow
This town was incorporated in 1774. The first Congregational minister settled here was Rev. Antipas Steward, who was ordained in 1793. He resigned in 1803, and died in 1814, aged 80 years. His successor, Rev. Ebenezer B. Wright, settled here in 1819. Mr. Wright resigned in 1835, and was succeeded the same year by Rev. David R. Austin. Besides the Congregational, there is now, in the central part of the town, a Methodist church.

This is principally an agricultural town; the greater part of the inhabitants live scattered about on their farms. There is, however, a flourishing little village on the Chicopee river, which forms the southern boundary of this town, dividing it from Wilbraham and Springfield. Jenks' cotton factories, two in number, are at this place. The village lies on both sides of the Chicopee. In 1837, there were in this town 2 cotton mills, having 10,000 spindles; 500,000 lbs. of cotton were consumed; 1,600,000 yards of cotton goods were manufactured, valued at... Read MORE...

1854 - Ludlow
Ludlow, a post-township of Hampden county, Massachusetts, on the right bank of the Chickopee river, about 9 miles N. E. from Springfield, contains a thriving village of its own name. Population, 1186.
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.
Ludlow Massachusetts, 1890
Ludlow is a farming town lying in the northern side of the eastern section of Hampden County, 90 miles from Boston. Chicopee bounds it on the west, Granby and Belchertown on the north, the latter and a northeastern projection of Wilbraham on the east, and the body of the last-mentioned town, with Springfield, on the south. The assessed area is 15,969 acres, including 5,637 acres of woodland.

The geological structure is sienite, upper conglomerate, and ferruginous gneiss; and there is a valuable quarry of red sandstone on the right bank of the Chicopee River. The land in the northeastern and eastern sections rises into three beautiful eminences, known as Facing Hills Rock, High Hill and Minechoag Mountain. The Chicopee River, here a lively and beautiful stream, washes the southeastern and the southern border of the town. Higher Brook and its tributaries drain the central, northern and northeastern sections of the town; reaching the Chicopee River in the next town west. Chapin's... Read MORE...

1895 - Ludlow
Ludlow, or Jenks'ville, a post-village in Ludlow township, Hampden co., Mass., on the Springfield, Athol & Northeastern Railroad, 7 miles N.E. of Springfield. It has a church, and manufactures of crashes, grain-bags &c. The township is bounded S. by Chicopee River. It has 3 churches, and a pop, (1890) of 1939.
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
Ludlow, a post-township (town) and village of Hampden co., Mass., on the Boston and Albany R., 7 miles NE. of Springfield. It has manufactures of crashes, grain-bags, etc. The town is bounded S. by the Chicopee River. Pop. in 1900, 3536.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to see and things to do in Ludlow:
Gaudreau Trails and Park:

Take a stroll or a bike ride along the scenic Gaudreau Trails. The park is perfect for a leisurely afternoon, offering green spaces and fresh air.

Chapin Street Shopping Plaza:

Explore local shops and cafes in the Chapin Street Shopping Plaza. It's a good spot for some retail therapy or grabbing a cup of coffee.

Ludlow Fish and Game Club:

If you're into outdoor activities, the Ludlow Fish and Game Club is a great place for fishing and shooting sports. Just make sure you check their schedule and regulations.

Lupa Zoo:

A family-friendly destination, Lupa Zoo is home to a variety of animals. It's a great place for kids and animal lovers. Don't miss the chance to feed some of the animals!

Dunkin' Donuts Park:

Catch a minor league baseball game at Dunkin' Donuts Park. It's a classic American experience, complete with hot dogs and the crack of the bat.

Ludlow Mills:

Explore the historic Ludlow Mills, a former mill complex with a... Read MORE...

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