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Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA - The Green (1910)

Longmeadow, Hampden, MA

Discovered by William Pynchon, a Puritan leader, in 1636, the long meadow was a perfect area for grazing, and it also contained may beavers.

Until 1645 the long meadow was in use as a common pasture, to be shared equally by all residents. At this time the land was divided into lots and given to specific families.

The first house was built in the meadows about 1649. Most of the landowners already had homes in Springfield. Indeed, what we today call "Longmeadow" remained part of Springfield until the early 1700’s.

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1839 - Long Meadow
Long Meadow [Longmeadow], Massachusetts
Hampden county. This is a beautiful town with a fine soil on the E. side of Connecticut river, 97 miles S.W. by W. from Boston, 5 S. from Springfield, and 22 N. from Hartford, Ct. Incorporated, 1783. Population, 1837, 1,251. There are several tanneries in the town, and some other manufactures, but the inhabitants are generally engaged in cultivating the soil. The Indian name of this place was Massacsick.
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 - LONGMEADOW. [Pop. 1,270 Inc. 1783.]
Longraeadow was originally a part of Springfield.

It lies on the eastern bank of the Connecticut, and is a very pleas- ant agricultural town.

Distance from Springfield, 4 miles ; from Boston, 97.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
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1854 - Long Meadow
Long Meadow, a post-township of Hampden co., Massachusetts, on the left bank of the Connecticut river, about 4 miles S. from Springfield. It is intersected by the New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield railroad. Population, 1252.
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.
1890 Longmeadow Massachusetts
Longmeadow is a fine farming town in the southern part of Hampden County, about 102 miles southwest of Boston. It lies on the east shore of Connecticut River, which separates it from Agawam. Springfield bounds it on the north, Hampden on the east, and Somers and Enfield, in Connecticut, on the south. The assessed area is 13,570 acres; in which are included 4,082 acres of woodland. There is little hilliness except in the eastern section, where the bed-rock is red sandstone. From the quarries here are taken large quantities of what is known as the " Longmeadow red freestone." In 1885, more than 200 men were employed in quarrying and dressing the stone. East Longmeadow, the village and post-office in this section, is on the Hartford and Springfield Branch of the New England Railroad. On the upland, parallel to the river, in the western part, is a broad street numerously occupied by dwellings. The southern cluster is Longmeadow post-office and village, and the northern is West Longmeadow... Read MORE...

1895 - Long Meadow
Long Meadow, a post-village of Hampden co., Mass., in Long Meadow township, on the E. bank of the Connecticut River, and on the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, 4 miles S. of Springfield. Pop of the township, 1467.
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
1900 - IN AND ABOUT SPRINGFIELD. A BAD DAY FOR FOREST FIRES. A HARD FIGHT AT LONGMEADOW.
Many Acres of Woodland Burned Over - A Veteran's Home Destroyed.

The most extensive forest fire in Longmeadow for years raged yesterday, and the red light shooting up for miles in the east last evening showed that it was still burning. The fire was first discovered in the vicinity of Converse street, east of South park terrace, about 8 in the morning, and the strong wind drove it southward until it reached Jawback and burned a house and barn on the Brainard road, belonging to a Mr. St. John, formerly of this city. Mr. St. John, who is a one-legged civil was pensioner, lost nearly everything but the clothes he wore. The fire was still burning near the Shaker ponds last evening, and had not been gotten under control. It is estimated that several hundred acres have been burned over.

Ethan C. Ely alone having 150 to 200 acres burned, some of it timber wooded, and other tracts not as valuable. James Burbank, C. S. Allen, W. C. Pease, F. B. Allen and the Colton brothers were also... Read MORE...

2023 - Whether you're a resident or a visitor, there are plenty of places to go and things to do in Longmeadow. Here's a list to get you started:
Bliss Park: This beautiful park in the heart of Longmeadow offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle. It features walking paths, a duck pond, a playground, and open spaces perfect for picnics and relaxation.

Longmeadow Shops: If you enjoy shopping, the Longmeadow Shops offer a variety of boutiques, specialty stores, and restaurants. It's a great place to explore and find unique items.

Storrs House Museum: Discover the history of Longmeadow by visiting the Storrs House Museum. This well-preserved historic home provides insight into the town's past and often hosts events and exhibitions.

Grist Mill: Located along the banks of the Scantic River, the Longmeadow Grist Mill is a picturesque spot for a leisurely stroll. It's also a popular spot for photographers.

Greenways Conservation Area: Nature lovers will appreciate the Greenways Conservation Area. It offers hiking trails that wind through forests and wetlands, providing a chance to observe local... Read MORE...

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