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Wilbraham, Hampden, MA

About 1675, the people of Springfield, who had come from the Massachusetts Bay settlement in the Boston area to the Connecticut Valley in 1636, bought from the Indians the hilly area to the east and called it the "Outward Commons." Some ten years later, they divided the land among the "landed proprietors" of Springfield but regarded it as common wilderness until 1731 when Nathaniel Hitchcock and his family came to settle on our present Main Street, south of the center village.

By 1741, the population numbered some 30 families, and the area now Wilbraham and Hampden (approximately) was established as the Fourth Precinct of Springfield. wilbraham-ma.gov

Wilbraham includes: Butlerville, East Wilbraham (Ellis Mills), and Glendale.
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  • 1730 - Wilbraham is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1763 - Wilbraham is incorporated

    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 - WILBRAHAM. [Pop. 1,864 Inc. 1763.]
    Wilbraham was once a part of Springfield, and was called Springfield Mountains till its incorporation.

    This town is hounded on the north...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Wilbraham
    Wilbraham, a post-village in Hampden co., Massachusetts, about 3 miles from the Western railroad, and 10 miles E. from Spring field. It contains 2 or ...Read MORE...


  • News 1857 - FIRE AT WILBRAHAM
    The newly erected dormitory of Wesleyan Academy, at Wilbraham, was destroyed by fire on Tuesday evening. It was nearly completed, and was to have...Read MORE...


  • Wilbraham Massachusetts, 1890
    Wilbraham occupies a central position in the eastern section of Hampden County, and is 89 miles southwest of Boston. The Boston and Albany Railroad...Read MORE...


  • Wilbraham,  Massachusetts, USA
    M. E. Church
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  • 1906
    Wilbraham, a post-village in Wilbraham township (town), Hampden co., Mass., 10 miles E. by N. of Springfield. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1595.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

  • News 1909 - MODOC EXPRESS WRECKED
    SPRINGFIELD, MASS., April 29 - The Modoc Express from the West, on the Boston and Albany, was wrecked today near North Wilbraham, the engine, five...Read MORE...


  • Wilbraham,  Massachusetts, USA
    Rich Hall, Wesleyan Academy, Wilbraham, Mass.
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  • Wilbraham,  Massachusetts, USA
    Belli's Restaurant and Night Club
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  • 1730 - Wilbraham is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1763 - Wilbraham is incorporated

    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 - WILBRAHAM. [Pop. 1,864 Inc. 1763.]
    Wilbraham was once a part of Springfield, and was called Springfield Mountains till its incorporation.

    This town is hounded on the north... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Wilbraham
    Wilbraham, a post-village in Hampden co., Massachusetts, about 3 miles from the Western railroad, and 10 miles E. from Spring field. It contains 2 or ... Read MORE...

  • News  1857 - FIRE AT WILBRAHAM
    The newly erected dormitory of Wesleyan Academy, at Wilbraham, was destroyed by fire on Tuesday evening. It was nearly completed, and was to have... Read MORE...

  • Wilbraham Massachusetts, 1890
    Wilbraham occupies a central position in the eastern section of Hampden County, and is 89 miles southwest of Boston. The Boston and Albany Railroad... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Wilbraham, a post-village in Wilbraham township (town), Hampden co., Mass., 10 miles E. by N. of Springfield. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1595.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
  • News  1909 - MODOC EXPRESS WRECKED
    SPRINGFIELD, MASS., April 29 - The Modoc Express from the West, on the Boston and Albany, was wrecked today near North Wilbraham, the engine, five... Read MORE...

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