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Once part of Northampton, the village of Easthampton was founded over three hunderd years ago with a land grant to John Webb, the first European settler. Situated along the Connecticut River, the settlement grew with the arrival of farmers and the emergence ofsawmills. Continued expansion attracted more settlers and by 1785, Easthampton had become its own polital entity. Twenty-four years later, Easthampton was formally recognized as a town. The second half of the ninteenth century brought manufacturing to Easthampton. Textile mills and elastic production marked the transition from an agricultural settlement to an industrial community. Seeking employment, many immigrants relocated to Easthampton,thus creating the need for schools, banks, churches, and other institutions. The town continued to prosper through World War I. Many businesses have come and gone since those days. The arrival of the Stanley Home Products Company helped encourage aneconomic revitalization that returned stability to the community. In 1999, the town became a city. Today, the social and economic fabric of Easthampton continues to grow and strengthen.
ISBN: 9780738504186
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Area native Edward J. Dwyer is an active member of the Easthampton Historical Society, serving as both historian and treasurer. He also holds the position of treasurer for the Pascommuck Conservation Trust. Readers of the Daily Hampshire Gazette may also recognize him as the author of “Through the Years,” a regular column that chronicles the history of Easthampton. For Easthampton, Dwyer has compiled more than two hundred beautiful photographs and has assembled them with historical facts, lore, and legend.
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