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Longmeadow is a special place and to live and work and we love serving the great people in this town. Below, you can find some cool background information about awesome community!
Longmeadow, Massachusetts is located in southern Hampden County, bordered by Springfield, East Longmeadow, the Connecticut River, and Enfield, Connecticut. Covering 9.5 square miles, the population of the town is approximately 15,700. It is located along Route 91, and approximately 20 miles from Hartford, Connecticut.
The people of Longmeadow have a strong tradition of musical education with nearly 50% of high school students enrolled in the music program. This award-winning program is a source of pride for the Longmeadow school district, making it recognized both in Massachusetts and on a national level.
Much of the town is devoted to open space and wildlife conservation, with approximately 30% of the land area left for these purposes. This land consists of an area near the Connecticut River, golf courses, athletic fields, public parks, and conservation lands. The golf course at the Longmeadow Country Club was used for testing the Spalding golf equipment designed in nearby Chicopee.
In 1636, William Pynchon, Treasurer of the Massachusetts Bay Company began looking for a place to set up a Puritan plantation and trading post. Upon arriving at the site that would become Longmeadow, Pynchon saw great opportunity in the sale of beaver pelts along with open area suitable for grazing herds. Called “Masacksic” or “the long meddowe” by the Agawam tribe that owned the land, it was purchased and European settlement began in Longmeadow officially began in 1644.
The town was originally part of Springfield, with many landowners having homes in that part of the town. The meadows areas were used for communal grazing, and later divided among various families. In 1703, a new settlement began upon the hill, and Longmeadow began to separate itself from Springfield. It was incorporated in 1783, the first community to become so in the new Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
A major industry for the town in the 19th and 20th centuries was found in the brownstone quarries. Longmeadow brownstone can be found in many famous buildings including Princeton University’s library, Harvard University, the Smithsonian, and Trinity Church in Hartford.
One of the most well-known native sons of Longmeadow is Johnny Appleseed, with schoolchildren across Massachusetts and the Midwest learning about this folk hero. Born John Chapman in Leominster in 1774, he was raised in Longmeadow. He then left to head west to Ohio in the early 1800s, and by 1812 was established as a nurseryman and orchardist.
John Chapman then worked to establish apple orchards across Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Illinois. Once established, the fruit could be used for a variety of purposes. Over time, he sold off the orchards, but still owned over 1,200 acres at the time of his death in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Johnny Appleseed is the official folk hero of Massachusetts, and celebrated in many areas for his contribution of apple orchards to local economies. In his travels, John Chapman would preach the Gospel and share stories with local families, spreading his fame.
Longmeadow, Massachusetts began its settlement as an open land for grazing, and today continues that open tradition with much of the space dedicated to conservation and wildlife. Its population has a proud history, from folk hero Johnny Appleseed to the current day award-winning musical education program, while its brownstone played an important part in architecture all along the eastern seaboard. This MA town has definitely secured its place in history.