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Wales, Massachusetts, USA

Wales, Hampden, MA

Wales is a small upland town located at the headwaters of the Quinnebaug drainage system. It was settled by colonists from Brimfield and Springfield during the mid-18th century. Settlement of the town was late despite grants having been made to Springfield entrepreneurs as early as 1701 because the threat of Indian attack and a legal dispute over land ownership discouraged colonists.

The first settlers were Anthony Needham and John Bullan, who built houses in 1726 near Lake George. Their arrival was swiftly followed by the establishment of the first burial ground in 1732, the first grist mill in 1750 by Shubael Dimmick, the first tannery in 1752 by Phineas Durkee and the first meetinghouse in 1760. townofwales.net

Wales includes: Shawville.
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  • 1726 - Wales is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1845 - WALES. [Pop. 686. Inc. 1762.]
    This town, formerly the south part of Brimfield, was named after one of its principal citizens, and not after the Principality.

    One of the...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Wales
    Wales, a post-village in Hampden co., Massachusetts, 65 miles W. S. W. from Boston, contains 2 or 3 churches and several factories. Population of the ...Read MORE...


  • 1890 Wales Massachusetts
    Wales is a small mountainous town of 853 inhabitants, 166 dwelling-houses, and a valuation of $ 282,754, in the southeast section of Hampden County,...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Wales
    Wales, a post-village in Wales township, Hampden co., Mass., 7 miles S.E. of Monson Station, and about 22 miles E. by S. of Springfield. It has 2...Read MORE...


  • Wales, Massachusetts, USA
    The Dell Mill (1903)
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  • 1906
    Wales, a post-village in Wales (township) town, Hampden co., Mass., about 22 miles E. by S. of Springfield. Pop. of the town in 1900, 773.
    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

  • Wales, Massachusetts, USA
    Hegan Mill and Street. Wales, Mass.
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  • Wales, Massachusetts, USA
    View of Main Street. Wales, Mass.
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The Dell Mill (1903)
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Hegan Mill and Street. Wales, Mass.
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View of Main Street. Wales, Mass.
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  • 1726 - Wales is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1845 - WALES. [Pop. 686. Inc. 1762.]
    This town, formerly the south part of Brimfield, was named after one of its principal citizens, and not after the Principality.

    One of the... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Wales
    Wales, a post-village in Hampden co., Massachusetts, 65 miles W. S. W. from Boston, contains 2 or 3 churches and several factories. Population of the ... Read MORE...

  • 1890 Wales Massachusetts
    Wales is a small mountainous town of 853 inhabitants, 166 dwelling-houses, and a valuation of $ 282,754, in the southeast section of Hampden County,... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Wales
    Wales, a post-village in Wales township, Hampden co., Mass., 7 miles S.E. of Monson Station, and about 22 miles E. by S. of Springfield. It has 2... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Wales, a post-village in Wales (township) town, Hampden co., Mass., about 22 miles E. by S. of Springfield. Pop. of the town in 1900, 773.
    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

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