Introduction to Ware, Massachusetts
Ware, Massachusetts, in Hampshire county, is 20 miles E of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center) and 60 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is conveniently located inside the Springfield metropolitan area.
In 1716, John Read was granted a tract of land that was over 11,000 acres which he named Manour of Peace. The first settlers arrived in the area in 1717 and Ware was officially incorporated in 1775. The name is derived from the Native American word "Nenameseck," which means fishing weir. In the 1800s, when a large number of textile mills began operating in the community, the town of Ware transcended from an agrarian economy to an industrial society. The era following the Civil War ensured prosperity and growth for this textile mill town.
Ware and Nearby Attractions
- Lucy Stone Home Site
- Amherst History Museum
- Grenville Park
- Holyoke Merry-Go-Round
- Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Things To Do In Ware
The area around Ware is dotted with beautiful parks like the Skinner State Park, the Chicopee Memorial State Park, and the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation. Museums near Ware include the Children's Museum at Holyoke, the Storrowton Village Museum, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Hadley Farm Museum. The Ware Grange Fair held in August and the Apple Festival celebrated during October are the prime attractions of this town. The Tower Hill Botanic Garden another attractions located near Ware.
Air transportation is available at the Bradley International Airport.
Ware Higher Education
Colleges close to Ware include the Western New England College, the Springfield College, and Mount Holyoke College.