Introduction to Hampden, Massachusetts
Hampden, Massachusetts, in Hampden county, is 9 miles E of Springfield, Massachusetts (center to center) and 72 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is considered part of the Springfield metropolitan area.
The first European settlers came to Hampden in 1741. The town, which was built on the banks of the Scantic River, had grist and saw mills powered by the river waters. Consequently, the majority of the buildings stand adjacent to the river. Initially part of the mother town of South Wilbraham, Hampden was officially incorporated in 1878. Though initially an industrial town, it developed an agricultural focus later on. Lack of efficient transportation systems and fires led to the industrial decline and Hampden is now a residential town.
Hampden and Nearby Attractions
- Zoo in Forest Park
- Six Flags New England Amusement Park
- Somers Historical Museum
- Wilbraham children’s Museum
- Lupa Zoo
- Blunt Park
Things To Do In Hampden
Hampden has many parks, museums, and other recreational nearby. Six Flags New England Amusement Park is an exciting place for kids. The Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary showcases the natural beauty and varied wildlife of the area. Museums such as the Somers Historical Museum and the Old Academic Hall give visitors a glimpse into the city’s past heritage. The nearby zoos such as the Zoo in Forest Park and the Lupa Zoo are ideal attractions for family outings.
Bradley International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Hampden Higher Education
Colleges closest to Hampden include Western New England College, Springfield College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Connecticut.