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Belchertown, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA

Belchertown is the home of The Stone House Museum, a museum containing furniture, china and decorative accessories made in the 1700’s and 1800’s.

Belchertown includes: Bardwell, Barrett's Junction, Blue Meadow, Cold Spring, Dwight, Federal, Franklin, Holyoke, Lakeview, Pansy Park, and Tylerville.


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  • In 1727 the "equivalent lands" were sold by Connecticut to seven persons who resided in Boston.
    The land was divided into six equal parts, the 1/ 7th part being granted to Jonathan Belcher, later to become governor of Massachusetts, and the town's...Read MORE...


  • 1731 - Belchertown is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1761 - Belchertown is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
    Parson House, built 1770
  • 1812 - Early stores were simple trading posts. The first store to do considerable business is said to have been owned by Caleb Clark. During the War of 1812 there were five stores in town.
    Those of Philo Dickinson, Morris and Clark, Henry Helen and Wright Bridgeman occupied the southwest corner of the center at Maple and Main Streets Jo...Read MORE...


  • Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
    Belchertown Historical Association, built 1827
  • News 1843 - Giant Cow
    Ira Fenton, of Belchertown, Mass., has raised a Durham cow, which is now eight years old, and weighs 1740 pounds. On the 29th of May she brought a cal...Read MORE...


  • 1845 - BELCHERTOWN. [Pop. 2,554. Inc. 1761.]
    Belchertown, with Ware and Pelham, were once granted to Connecticut as an equivalent for four towns in Connecticut, that were claimed by Massachus...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Belchertown
    Belchertown, a post-township of Hampshire county, Massachusetts, 70 miles W. by S. of Boston. Population, 2680.
    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 1860 - SHOCKING DEATH OF A YOUNG WOMAN.
    A correspondent of the Worcester (Mass.) Spy gives the following particulars of a fatal accident which occurred on Saturday afternoon, the 26th of May...Read MORE...


  • 1861 - The Old Town Hall on Park Street was built in 1861 for about $8,735 and was used as the town meeting place until better facilities were constructed at Lawrence Memorial Hall.
    In older days such activities as May fairs, dances and plays were given here. This building collapsed in 1862 when the roof fell in from the weight of...Read MORE...


  • Belchertown Massachusetts, 1890
    Belchertown lies in the easterly part of Hampshire County, about 75 miles west of Boston. Pelham bounds it on the north, Enfield, Ware and Palmer on t...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Belchertown
    Bel'chertown, a post-village of Hampshire co., Mass., 10 miles by rail S.E. of Amherst, and about 18 miles N.E. of Springfield. It has 3 churches, a h...Read MORE...


  • Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
    Park View Hotel

    "...The Park View Hotel started out as a Classical School, which was not a financial success. The school closed and the building became the Belcher House for a time. L. W. Dillon bought the building in the late 1800s and changed ... Read MORE...

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    Congregational Church, Belchertown, Mass.
  • Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
    The Common, Belchertown, Mass.
  • Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
    Post Office Row. Belchertown, Mass.
  • Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
    High School
  • Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
    Belchertown Cattle Show
  • Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
    Clapp Memorial Library, 1913
  • 1916
    Belchertown, a post-village and township (town) of Hampshire co., Mass., on the Boston and Maine and the Central Vermont Rs., 10 miles SE. of Amherst,...Read MORE...


  • Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
    Maple Street
  • Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
    South St. in Winter
  • Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
    Railroad Station, 1930


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Parson House, built 1770

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Belchertown Historical Association, built 1827

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Congregational Church, Belchertown, Mass.

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The Common, Belchertown, Mass.


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Park View Hotel

"...The Park View Hotel started out as a Classical School, which was not a financial success. The school closed and the building became the Belcher House for a time. L. W. Dillon bought the building in the late 1800s and changed ... Read MORE...

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Post Office Row. Belchertown, Mass.

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High School

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Belchertown Cattle Show

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Clapp Memorial Library, 1913

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Maple Street

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South St. in Winter

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Railroad Station, 1930

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  • In 1727 the "equivalent lands" were sold by Connecticut to seven persons who resided in Boston.
    The land was divided into six equal parts, the 1/ 7th part being granted to Jonathan Belcher, later to become governor of Massachusetts, and the... Read MORE...

  • 1731 - Belchertown is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1761 - Belchertown is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1812 - Early stores were simple trading posts. The first store to do considerable business is said to have been owned by Caleb Clark. During the War of 1812 there were five stores in town.
    Those of Philo Dickinson, Morris and Clark, Henry Helen and Wright Bridgeman occupied the southwest corner of the center at Maple and Main Streets... Read MORE...

  • News  1843 - Giant Cow
    Ira Fenton, of Belchertown, Mass., has raised a Durham cow, which is now eight years old, and weighs 1740 pounds. On the 29th of May she brought a... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - BELCHERTOWN. [Pop. 2,554. Inc. 1761.]
    Belchertown, with Ware and Pelham, were once granted to Connecticut as an equivalent for four towns in Connecticut, that were claimed by... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Belchertown
    Belchertown, a post-township of Hampshire county, Massachusetts, 70 miles W. by S. of Boston. Population, 2680.
    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  1860 - SHOCKING DEATH OF A YOUNG WOMAN.
    A correspondent of the Worcester (Mass.) Spy gives the following particulars of a fatal accident which occurred on Saturday afternoon, the 26th of... Read MORE...

  • 1861 - The Old Town Hall on Park Street was built in 1861 for about $8,735 and was used as the town meeting place until better facilities were constructed at Lawrence Memorial Hall.
    In older days such activities as May fairs, dances and plays were given here. This building collapsed in 1862 when the roof fell in from the weight... Read MORE...

  • Belchertown Massachusetts, 1890
    Belchertown lies in the easterly part of Hampshire County, about 75 miles west of Boston. Pelham bounds it on the north, Enfield, Ware and Palmer on... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Belchertown
    Bel'chertown, a post-village of Hampshire co., Mass., 10 miles by rail S.E. of Amherst, and about 18 miles N.E. of Springfield. It has 3 churches, a... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Belchertown, a post-village and township (town) of Hampshire co., Mass., on the Boston and Maine and the Central Vermont Rs., 10 miles SE. of... Read MORE...

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