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.

Monson History

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.

Monson Transportation

Flights are available from Bradley International Airport.

Monson Higher Education

Colleges near Monson include American International College, Amherst College, and Anna Maria College.

Monson Almanac

County Hampden County
Standard Zip Codes1057
Phone Area Codes413
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.09
Approximate Longitude-72.31

Monson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance9.6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 33 F
Apr Temp33 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip47.4 inches
Distance21.3 miles
Jan Temp17 to 34 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp61 to 80 F
Oct Temp41 to 61 F
Annual Precip51.6 inches
Distance22.1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 34 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 63 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Monson Public Libraries

Monson Free Library & Reading Room
Monson, Massachusetts
(413) 267-3866

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Monson Public Schools

Granite Valley Middle
21 Thompson Street
ZIP: 1057
(413) 267-4155
Total Enrollment 396
Monson Innovation High School
55 Margaret Street
ZIP: 1057
(413) 267-4589
Total Enrollment 332
Quarry Hill Community School
43 Margaret Street
ZIP: 1057
(413) 267-4160
Total Enrollment 366
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