Introduction to Southampton, Massachusetts
Southampton, Massachusetts, in Hampshire county, is 8 miles NW of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center) and 85 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Springfield metro area, Southampton is home to some 5,387 residents.
Southampton was initially a precinct of Northampton. Judah Hutchinson and Thomas Porter, who were the first settlers, established their home in 1732, and the first church was organized in 1743. Southampton, which was incorporated in 1753, held its first town meeting in 1773, in which residents chose the name "Southampton" for their community. According to records, the name was inspired by the city of Southampton in England.
Southampton and Nearby Attractions
- Emily Dickinson Homestead
- Connecticut Valley Historical Museum
- Springfield Armory National Historic Site
- Chester-Blandford State Forest
- Copernican Observatory & Planetarium
- Chicopee Memorial State Park
Things To Do In Southampton
The Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, and Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum have exhibits on regional history. The Springfield Museums at the Quad encompass the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts. At the Hadley Farm Museum, farm tools and equipment are housed in an 18th-century barn. Southampton is also close to a number of historical sites such as the Emily Dickinson Homestead, the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, and the William Cullen Bryant Homestead.
Within a range of 20 miles are several forest areas including the Chester-Blandford State Forest, the Granville State Forest, the Tolland State Forest, and the DAR State Forest. The Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation, which overlooks the Connecticut River, is on the North and South Sugarloaf peaks, and offers facilities for hiking and picnicking. The Copernican Observatory & Planetarium, the Berkshire Botanical Garden, and the International Skating Center of Connecticut are among the other popular destinations near Southampton.
Bradley International Airport is the closest major airport.
Southampton Higher Education
Colleges near Southampton include Holyoke Community College, Smith College, and Westfield State College.