Introduction to Orange, Massachusetts
Orange, Massachusetts, in Franklin county, is 34 miles NE of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center) and 65 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.
Orange was settled in 1746, and more settlers arrived between 1769 and 1780. Incorporated on October 15th, 1783, the town was named in honor of King William III, the Prince of Orange. From 1780 to 1840, it was primarily a farming community. Grout, the first automobile factory in the United States, was established in Orange in 1900. The town is located in Franklin County, which was founded in 1811.
Orange and Nearby Attractions
- Tully Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Trail
- Erving State Forest
- Lake Mattawa
- Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area
- Historic Deerfield
- Hadley Farm Museum
Things To Do In Orange
Orange provides varisou opportunities for recreational activities. People may visit the Wendell State Forest, Erving State Forest, Federated Womens Club State Forest, and Tully Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Trail. The First Assembly of God Church, Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Saint Mary’s Parish Church are some of the local churches. The Orange Center Historic District is also worth visiting. Local celebrations include the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival every September.
Air transportation is available at Worcester Regional Airport.
Orange Higher Education
Nearby colleges include Mount Wachusett Community College, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and Keene State College.