Introduction to West Springfield, Massachusetts
West Springfield, Massachusetts, in Hampden county, is 1 mile W of Springfield, Massachusetts and 81 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The people of the town are in the Springfield metropolitan area. West Springfield has a population of 27,899.
West Springfield History
The area that comprises West Springfield was first settled in by a small group of Englishmen led by William Pynchon, a merchant and fur trader. Initially the town was called Agawam; however, in 1640, it was renamed Springfield, which was the name of William Pynchon’s birthplace. The town was incorporated as West Springfield in February of 1774.
West Springfield and nearby Attractions
- Springfield Country Club
- Metacomet-Monadnock Trail
- Day House
- Storrowton Village Museum
- West Springfield Town Hall
- West Springfield Public Library
Things To Do In West Springfield
When at West Springfield, one should visit the Day House, which is one of the oldest known brick salt-box style houses in the U.S. The town is also famous for a large scale annual fair called the Eastern States Exposition. The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail is a 110 mile long hiking trail which offers thrilling views of nature.
Bradley International Airport is about 13 miles away from West Springfield.
Springfield Higher Education
One can pursue higher education at the Holyoke Community College.