Introduction to Southwick, Massachusetts
Southwick, Massachusetts, in Hampden county, is 9 miles W of Springfield, Massachusetts (center to center) and 90 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Springfield metropolitan area. Southwick has a population of approximately 8,835.
The first settlers of Southwick were one of the Native American tribes: Matitacooke, Mayawaug or the Woronoake. Southwick became a farming community in the mid 1600s, and was officially incorporated as a town in 1775. The Farmington Canal and Hampshire and Hampden Canal linked Connecticut to Massachusetts via Southwick in the early 1800s, which earned it the nickname "Port of the World".
Southwick and Nearby Attractions
- Chester-Blandford State Forest
- Sodom Mountain Campground
- Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
- Children's Museum at Holyoke
Things To Do In Southwick
The Edgewood Golf Course offers opportunities to play golf. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is another interesting place to visit. The exhibits at the Children's Museum at Holyoke offer a learning experience for kids. Children may even enroll for the yearly Summer Camp hosted at the Sodom Mountain Campground. Numerous rivers, creeks and streams are located in the area. The Chester-Blandford State Forest, the Gardner State Park and the Granville State Forest offer recreational activities including hiking, swimming, fishing, and mountain biking.
Air transportation is available at the Bradley International Airport.
Southwick Higher Education
Westfield State College is the local college in Southwick. Nearby colleges include Holyoke Community College and Springfield College. For people who want more educational options there are many online schools that residents of Southwick may wish to research. The CityTownInfo.com online college directory may be helpful for individuals who want to learn more about online education, and some schools that offer distance learning courses and programs.