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In 1674, William Pynchon of Springfield purchased land extending to the Springfield Mountains from the Nipmuc Indians. This area, called Minnechaug or Berryland, became the town of Wilbraham with its incorporation in 1763. The name Wilbraham is derived from the towns of Lesser and Greater Wilbraham, located in England, near Cambridge. The town is located in western Massachusetts in the Pioneer Valley, which is a part of the Connecticut River Valley. Today, it is a vibrant town with an active population involved in local history, sports, and its historical heritage. Wilbraham, a unique collection of more than two hundred vintage images, reveals how the area started as a rural town-with mills located along the rivers of its northern and southern borders and with agriculture spread between the two rivers. This volume also shows how Wilbraham evolved into a residential community, why the town holds a three-day Peach Festival each year, and how the Wesleyan Academy moved to the center in 1823 and became an integral part of the town.
ISBN: 9780738509457
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Coralie M. Gray, while a member of the Wilbraham Historical Commission, was instrumental in placing the Academy Historic District on the National Register in 1979 and in the town's purchase of the Old Meeting House for use as a museum. She is currently the town archivist, the academy archivist, and a member of the Historic District Survey Committee.
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