Introduction to Holyoke, Massachusetts
Holyoke, Massachusetts, in Hampden county, is 3 miles N of Chicopee, Massachusetts and 80 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Springfield metro area, Holyoke is home to some 39,838 residents.
This region of the Connecticut River Valley was first settled by Englishmen in the year 1633. People from Massachusetts Bay explored the overland route to the "Great River" and in 1635-36, a warehouse and wharf was constructed near Agawam to trade with the Indians. Springfield grew out of this trading post. It later evolved into West Springfield, whose third Parish, North Parish, became Holyoke. Holyoke was first settled in 1745 and was officially incorporated in the year 1850.
Holyoke and nearby Attractions
- Holyoke Canal System
- Mount Tom of the Mount Tom Range
- Metacomet-Monadnock Trail
- East Mountain
- Holyoke Heritage State Park
- Holyoke Merry Go Round
Things To Do In Holyoke
The city offers an endless list of things to do. If you wish to explore the history of the area then visit the Wistariahurst Museum. There are many educational programs, exhibits and special events organized in the museum at regular intervals. You can also relax at the public parks or catch a movie at the local theater. Food lovers will love the various restaurants and cafes dotting the city.
The nearest major airport serving the city is Bradley International.
Holyoke Higher Education
The local college serving the city is Holyoke Community College.