Introduction to Monson, Massachusetts
Monson, Massachusetts, in Hampden county, is 13 miles E of Springfield, Massachusetts (center to center) and 66 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town, which is in the Springfield area, has 8,359 residents.
The earliest settlers arrived in 1715, but it was not until 1759 that the residents of Brimfield town petitioned the General Court and formed Monson. Due to abundant waterpower in this region, electricity generation stimulated the town's economy. Monson became filled with mills - sawmills, gristmills and woollen mills. There was also a granite quarry, owned by Rufus Flynt and later by his son, William. The mill owners were extremly wealthy and at one time, Main Street, which had a row of mansions, was nicknamed "Millionaire's Mile". A culturally rich town, Monson was incorporated in 1775.
Monson and Nearby Attractions
- Emily Dickinson Homestead
- Amherst History Museum
- Bigelow Hollow State Park
- Holyoke Merry-Go-Round
- Abbey of Regina Laudis
Things To Do In Monson
The Abbey of Regina Laudis, Copernican Observatory & Planetarium, Garden in the Woods and the International Skating Center of Connecticut are all popular destinations near Monson. A visit to Amherst History Museum, the Connecticut Trolley Museum, and the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum would offer historical information about the area. Historical sites such as the Emily Dickinson Homestead, the Lucy Stone Home Site, and the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, are nearby. Bigelow Hollow State Park, Wells State Park and Brimfield State Forest are parks that are also in the vicinity.
Flights are available from Bradley International Airport.
Monson Higher Education
Colleges near Monson include American International College, Amherst College, and Anna Maria College.