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The first settlers arrived in what is now Blandford in 1735. They were Scots-Irish coming from Hopkinton, Massachusetts (30 miles from Boston) seeking a place to practice their Presbyterian faith freely. Keeping with their Scottish heritage, they chose Glasgow as the name for the new settlement.
The Springfield Ski Club has been offering New England Style Skiing and Riding at Blandford Ski Area to members and guests for over three-quarters of a century! Their up-to-date snowmaking and grooming equipment along with their three double chair lifts, surface lift, and magic carpet offer fun for beginners to experienced riders and skiers alike.
Chester is a small rural community, known as the “Gem of the Valley” with a proud history of serving as home to the granite and emery industries. Although these industries no longer exist, the Town is looking to the future. The vision includes preserving our rural community character and scenic beauty while striving to balance residential growth and economic development with service and infrastructure needs.
Attractions include the Chester Theatre Company and several venues for picking blueberries and apples. Recreation includes Sanderson Brook Falls and Chester/Blandford State Forest. The town has a rich history and under the guidance of the Chester Historical Society.
Granville was first settled by English colonists in 1736 and was officially incorporated in 1754, after the end of the Indian wars in 1750. Early settlers could get a 100-acre lot for free, providing they built a house and "put four acres in English hay".
Granville is a small town rich in history and tradition. In addition to classic 18th-century architecture, Granville boasts some of the most productive apple orchards in western Massachusetts and the village center features an old-fashioned country store, known for its cellar-aged cheese.
The largest of the Gateway Hilltowns, Huntington has a colorful history, hinted at by the town’s incorporation date of 1855, decades later than the towns around it. The town was assembled from pieces of surrounding towns, which were grafted onto the town of Norwich.
The present village center sits on what was the meeting point of three towns and two counties. Local features & businesses include Gateway Regional Middle & High School, Littleville Elementary School, the Huntington Country Store, Moltenbrey’s Market, the Hunt & Hart Café, Gino Pizzeria, the new Comfort Kitchen & Bar, Gateway Farm & Pet, Historic Stanton Hall, and great local events & businesses!
The Town of Montgomery is a rural, residential town situated in the Berkshire foothills. The Town lies atop a high plain that reaches into neighboring Huntington, framed by Lizzie Mountain, Tekoa, and Shatterack Mountains
First settled in 1767, and incorporated in 1780, the Town is named after General Richard Montgomery, who died in the Battle of Quebec. The population in 2012 was 858 and until recently a farming community. There are a few small home businesses and local artisans as well as a commercial marketplace. There is a historic small town center comprised of mostly 19th-century buildings including the Town Hall, Library, Fire Department, Highway Department and the Old Town House, home to the community’s historical society.
The town of Russell, originally part of the “New Addition” section of Westfield incorporated in 1792. The early settlement was around Hazard Pond (now known as Russell Pond) with small grist mills, tanneries, and sawmills making use of plentiful water.
In 1841 the railroad came through the Berkshire Hills, changing Russell forever. The town developed into three distinct villages joined by the Westfield River.
Check out some of the great local attractions & businesses in Russell including Russell Inn Restaurant, Breadbasket Bakery & Deli, Noble View Outdoor Center, and take in the views of the valley along the banks of the Westfield River.
Southwick became a fully independent town in 1770. The town remained divided until 1793 when Massachusetts claimed the area (known as the "jog"). A border dispute continued until 1804 when the current boundary was established through a compromise between Connecticut and Massachusetts. As a result of this border resolution, Southwick is the southernmost town in western Massachusetts.
Nestled in the Pioneer Valley with the Congamond Lakes on the south side and the Sodom Mountain Range in the west. It is a growing community of upscale homes and businesses are thriving in the downtown area.
Tolland was first settled in 1750 when it was part of neighboring Granville. Tolland was officially incorporated in 1810 and is a rural hilltown located on the Farmington River.
The economy is based on cattle, dairy, maple syrup, and apple harvests. Tolland has the distinction of being the 10th smallest community in the Commonwealth.
Westfield is a city in Hampden County, in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. First settled in 1660, incorporated as an independent town in 1669, and re-incorporated as a city in 1920.
Westfield is known as the "Whip City" for its 19th-century production of buggy whips, and home to such landmarks as Westfield State College, Stanley Park, Barnes Municipal Airport (home of the 104th Fighter Wing), Columbia Manufacturing, Amelia Park Arena and Children’s Museum, and Bullens Field. Convenient access to east-west and north-south interstate highways has contributed to the city’s population and business growth in recent years.