GreenerPasture Genealogy

Sign In

BEST FREE ancestry website since 1999 - History belongs to all of us!

Add YOUR Family To This Page

flag  History of South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

Journey back in time to South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

Visit South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA. Discover its history. Learn about the people who lived there through stories, old newspaper articles, pictures, postcards and ancestry.

Follow us on Instagram      Subscribe to our Youtube channel      Visit Our Store Visit Our Old Newspaper and Genealogy Blog Visit Our Life Blog

Do You Have South Hadley Roots? Share Your Ancestral Story!

South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - Dwight Memorial Art Bldg.  Mt. Holyoke College, So. Hadley, Mass.

South Hadley, Hampshire, MA

South Hadley was an uninhabited area of Hadley from 1659 until 1721 when the first English settlers arrived from Hadley. A separate town meeting was held in 1753, and the town was officially split and incorporated in 1775.

The town is the home of the nation's first successful navigable canal as well as the oldest continuing institution of higher education for women.

South Hadley includes: Thermopylae, Wickfield, Woodlawn, Falls, Hadley Acres, and Falls Woods. mass_lookup.htm

There is MUCH more to discover about South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA. Read on!

South Hadley Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Dwight Memorial Art Bldg. 
Mt. Holyoke College, So. Hadley, Mass.
South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

Dwight Memorial Art Bldg.
Mt. Holyoke College, So. Hadley, Mass.
Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.
South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

Rockefeller Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.
Library, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.
South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

Library, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.

Discover South Hadley: History, News, Travel, and Stories

Add informationAdd History/News/Story
1838 - August 23 - Mt Holyoke Female Seminary (South Hadley, Mass) 1st graduating class
1839 - South Hadley
South Hadley, Massachusetts
Hampshire county. Nature and art seem to have united to render this an interesting place. The falls on the Connecticut are 50 feet; not perpendicular, but in so short a distance as to render the river very rapid. These falls, Mount Holyoke at the north part of the town, and Mount Tom on the west side of the river, with the luxuriant meadows along this beautiful stream, would form a picture of no ordinary character. These falls are rendered passable for freight and steamboats by a canal about two miles in length. In this canal is a cut through solid rock, 40 feet in depth and 300 feet in length. The hydraulic power, at this place, is very great, having the whole volume of Connecticut river and some smaller streams at command for manufacturing purposes. Much of the water power is yet unimproved, but its local situation is such as to insure its usefulness as the manufacturing interests of New England increase. There are in South Hadley 3 paper and 2 woolen... Read MORE...

1845 - SOUTH HADLEY. [Pop. 1,458. Inc. 1753.]
This town was originally the south part of Hadley.

The original church, which contained but nine pews, is now a dwelling-house.

Opposite South Hadley the Connecticut has a fall of fifty feet, around which a canal is constructed.

Mount Holyoke, probably named in honor of one of the early presidents of Harvard College, is in this town, and from its summit affords one of the most delightful views in the world.

Mount Holyoke Seminary for the education of female teachers is pleasantly situated, and has a high reputation.

The chief manufactures are woollens, paper, pearl buttons and leather.

Distance from Northampton, 5 miles; from Boston, 90.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1887 - South Hadley Seminary, one of the earliest of the collegiate institutions for women in this country,
and one which has done incalculable service in promoting Christian education, both hear and abroad, by its work, is preparing to hold a semi-centennial next summer. All the graduates of the seminary and their friends are invited to be present. A great tent is to be put up for the exercises, and another for restaurant purposes. - Boston Journal.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 15, 1887
South Hadley Massachusetts, 1890
South Hadley, noted for the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, is situated on the east bank of the Connecticut River, in the southern part of Hampshire County, about 112 miles west of Boston; and contains 610 dwelling-houses and 3,949 inhabitants. It is bounded on the north by Hadley (the line running over the summit of Mount Holyoke), east by Granby, south by Chicopee, and west by Holyoke and Northampton, — from which it is separated by the river. The assessed area is 9,132 acres; the forests comprising 2,883. The rock formation is middle shales, dolerite and lower sandstone, which rises on the north into the lofty ridge of Mount Holyoke, described in the article on Hadley. The soil is fertile and is drained by Elmer's Brook and Bachellor's Brook in the north. Stony Brook (which runs deviously through the central village), and Battery Brook, which enters the Connecticut River at South Hadley. Four small ponds, containing from 12 to 16 acres each, add somewhat to the beauty of the... Read MORE...

South Hadley, a post-township (town) and village of Hampshire co., Mass., about 2 miles E. of the Connecticut River and 11 miles N. of Springfield. It contains Mount Holyoke College and has manufactures of paper, fertilisers, sash and blinds, etc. Pop. of the town in 1900, 4526.
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
2023 - Let's dive into some places to see and things to do in South Hadley:
Mount Holyoke College
If you're into beautiful campuses and academic vibes, Mount Holyoke College is a must-visit. The campus is stunning, with picturesque buildings and well-maintained grounds. You can take a stroll around the campus and appreciate the architecture and history.

The Village Commons
For a dose of small-town charm, head to The Village Commons. It's a quaint area with shops, cafes, and restaurants. Perfect for a leisurely afternoon of browsing unique boutiques or grabbing a coffee and enjoying the atmosphere.

Mount Holyoke Range State Park
Outdoor enthusiasts will love Mount Holyoke Range State Park. It offers a variety of hiking trails suitable for all skill levels. The Summit House at the top provides breathtaking views of the Connecticut River Valley. It's a great spot for a picnic or to simply take in the natural beauty.

Buttery Brook Park
For a more relaxed outdoor experience, Buttery Brook Park is a gem. With walking trails, a pond, and scenic spots,... Read MORE...

Discover Your Roots: South Hadley Ancestry

Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

We currently have information about ancestors who were born or died in South Hadley.

View Them Now (sorted by year of birth)

female ancestorMary HART (14 August 1630, Hartford, Connecticut, USA - 10 October 1719, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorRuth SHELDON (27 August 1663, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA (Florence) - 16 May 1728, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorMeribah GAYLORD (3 July 1746, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - 7 February 1810, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorAzuba NASH (24 June 1747, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - 14 June 1827, Phelps, Ontario, New York, USA)
male ancestorSimeon SMITH (14 November 1753, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - 4 March 1843, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorWilliam MAGEE (1760, , New Jersey, USA - 2 February 1861, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJosiah SMITH (1762, - 8 January 1846, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorTimothy JONES (1763, - 6 February 1847, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJustin ALVOROL (1763, - October 1852, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

We currently have information about ancestors who were married in South Hadley.

View Them Now

male ancestorJoshua ABBOTT (12 April 1746 - 13 May 1812) and female ancestorAzuba NASH (24 June 1747 - 14 June 1827) married November 1770
male ancestorWilliam Henry (Wilhelm Heinrich) HOFFMAN (16 April 1866 - 2 May 1929) and female ancestorJulia MOODY (1865 - 1925) married 20 December 1888
male ancestorJoseph Felix Theodore CAPISTRANT (28 June 1870 - 20 August 1956) and female ancestorMarie Alida RATTE (28 January 1877 - 9 November 1933) married 30 September 1895
male ancestorLeroy Percy FLETCHER (1 June 1876 - 17 February 1942) and female ancestorEdith Augusta Bertha CROUSS (22 January 1878 - 1 March 1941) married 25 June 1898
male ancestorGeorge Pope CLIFFORD (11 February 1871 - 9 August 1942) and female ancestorLaura STANTON (October 1870 - 1956) married 15 March 1906

Genealogy Resources for South Hadley

Massachusetts Newspapers

Not the place you are looking for? Try again!

Search for Your Family by Place

To search for a place, specify place name below. Choose name from the list. Then SEARCH.
*Place Name:


HOTELS.COM - Save 10% - 30% on your next escape!

Ancestry Family Tree Search

Search for Your Family by Name

NOTE: If you don't know your ancestor's whole name or are unsure of the spelling, specify part of the name.

First Name:
*Last Name:
Born (+/- 2 years):
Died (+/- 2 years):
Match all terms exactly:

Updated: 10/7/2023 5:51:51 PM