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Palmer, Massachusetts, USA

Palmer, Hampden, MA

Palmer was originally a part of Brimfield but separated after being too far from Brimfield. Palmer's first settler was John King. King was born in Edwardstone, Suffolk, England, and built his home in 1716 on the banks of the Quaboag River. The area as then known was called "The Elbow Tract". In 1731, a deed to land in today's Palmer renamed the town 'New Marlborough' after Marlborough, Massachusetts in today's Middlesex County. In 1731, residents of the borough renamed the town 'Kingsfield', after the aforementioned John King. Though in some papers in the Massachusetts General Court, it was referred to as the Elbow. A large group of Scots-Irish Presbyterians followed, arriving in 1727. Finally in 1752, it was named Palmer after Chief Justice Palmer. In 1775, Massachusetts officially incorporated Palmer. kids.kiddle.co

Palmer includes: Burleigh. Duckville, Four Corners, Shorley, Tennyville, Thorndike, Three Rivers, Whipples Station (Wipples Station), Blanchardville, and Bondsville.
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  • 1727 - Palmer is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,...Read MORE...


  • 1845 - PALMER. [Pop. 2,139. Inc. 1752.]
    Palmer was originally settled by Protestant emigrants from the north of Ireland.

    Swift, Ware, and Chicopee rivers unite in this town, and...Read MORE...


  • 1848 - Palmer
    This place was originally settled by emigrants from the north of Ireland; many of whose descendants remain in the place. The records of the church...Read MORE...


  • News 1851 - GREAT FIRE AT PALMER DEPOT - NASSOWANNO HOUSE BURNT - $70,000 WORTH OF PROPERTY DESTROYED
    The beautiful village at Palmer Depot was visited by a terrible fire on Wednesday night, which laid almost its entire business part in rains. It is...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Palmer
    Palmer, a post-village in Hampden co., Massachusetts, 16 miles E. N. E. from Springfield. Population of the township, 3974.
    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.

  • News 1888 - At Palmer, Mass., the Inabaug [sic] river overflowed on the 21st, flooding the town and doing great damage.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 25, 1888

  • Palmer Massachusetts, 1890
    Palmer is a populous and thriving town forming the north west extremity of Hampden County. It is 84 miles from Boston by the Boston and Albany...Read MORE...


  • News 1891 - FATAL HOTEL FIRE.
    A Congregational Minister Loses His Life at Palmer, Mass.

    Palmer, Mass., Aug. 3. - The Weeks House on South Main Street, an old landmark, was...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Palmer
    Palmer, a post-township of Hampden co., Mass., about 10 miles E.N.E. of Springfield, bounded on the E. and S. by the Chicopee River, and on the W. by ...Read MORE...


  • Palmer, Massachusetts, USA

  • 1906
    Palmer, a banking post-village in Palmer township (town), Hampden co., Mass., on the Chicopee River and on the Boston and Albany and the Central...Read MORE...


  • News 1908 - PALMER. FREIGHT WRECK MAKES TROUBLE
    Cars Derailed at Bad Place Saturday Morning.

    Traffic was tied up on the Boston and Albany, railroad for over three hours, Saturday morning on...Read MORE...


  • News 1909 - CHICAGO EXPRESS. HAD SERIOUS MISHAP AT PALMER TODAY.
    Palmer, April 29. - Passengers on three sleepers, the diner and a passenger coach on the east-bound Chicago express on the Boston & Albany division...Read MORE...


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    Main Street looking West, Palmer, Mass.
  • Palmer, Massachusetts, USA
    Palmer, Mass. Trolley Station at Forest Lake Park


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  • The Nipmuc Indians of Brimfield, Monson, Palmer


    The Nipmuc Indians of Brimfield, Monson, Palmer (www.youtube.com)
  • 1727 - Palmer is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - PALMER. [Pop. 2,139. Inc. 1752.]
    Palmer was originally settled by Protestant emigrants from the north of Ireland.

    Swift, Ware, and Chicopee rivers unite in this town, and... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Palmer
    This place was originally settled by emigrants from the north of Ireland; many of whose descendants remain in the place. The records of the church... Read MORE...

  • News  1851 - GREAT FIRE AT PALMER DEPOT - NASSOWANNO HOUSE BURNT - $70,000 WORTH OF PROPERTY DESTROYED
    The beautiful village at Palmer Depot was visited by a terrible fire on Wednesday night, which laid almost its entire business part in rains. It is... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Palmer
    Palmer, a post-village in Hampden co., Massachusetts, 16 miles E. N. E. from Springfield. Population of the township, 3974.
    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.
  • News  1888 - At Palmer, Mass., the Inabaug [sic] river overflowed on the 21st, flooding the town and doing great damage.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 25, 1888
  • Palmer Massachusetts, 1890
    Palmer is a populous and thriving town forming the north west extremity of Hampden County. It is 84 miles from Boston by the Boston and Albany... Read MORE...

  • News  1891 - FATAL HOTEL FIRE.
    A Congregational Minister Loses His Life at Palmer, Mass.

    Palmer, Mass., Aug. 3. - The Weeks House on South Main Street, an old landmark, was... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Palmer
    Palmer, a post-township of Hampden co., Mass., about 10 miles E.N.E. of Springfield, bounded on the E. and S. by the Chicopee River, and on the W. by ... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Palmer, a banking post-village in Palmer township (town), Hampden co., Mass., on the Chicopee River and on the Boston and Albany and the Central... Read MORE...

  • News  1908 - PALMER. FREIGHT WRECK MAKES TROUBLE
    Cars Derailed at Bad Place Saturday Morning.

    Traffic was tied up on the Boston and Albany, railroad for over three hours, Saturday morning on... Read MORE...

  • News  1909 - CHICAGO EXPRESS. HAD SERIOUS MISHAP AT PALMER TODAY.
    Palmer, April 29. - Passengers on three sleepers, the diner and a passenger coach on the east-bound Chicago express on the Boston & Albany division... Read MORE...

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