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Ludlow 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!
Ludlow, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1774, following its settlement as the Stony Hill Parish area of Springfield, MA in 1751. It was a traditionally agricultural community, with sawmills and gristmills cropping up along the waterways, including the Chicopee River and Stony Brook.
Prior to the Civil War, Ludlow grew to become one of the many mill towns in Massachusetts, with glass bottles being a primary product. When the Ludlow Company opened in 1868, it became the largest mill in town, producing yarn, twine, and webbing. The town of Ludlow owes much to the Ludlow Company, and it is prominently featured in the town seal. The company helped build the town, providing schools, a library, playgrounds, and housing to its employees and the town.
When the Ludlow Company moved to India, the character of the town changed, and it became a suburb of Springfield, to which it was connected by a streetcar. This residential suburb continued to grow when the Massachusetts Turnpike was built in the 1950s, with an exit in the town.
Ludlow, MA is located in Hampden County Massachusetts along the Chicopee River. The neighboring towns include Springfield, Wilbraham, Palmer, Belchertown, Granby, and Chicopee. It covers 28.2 square miles, and includes portions of the Chicopee River, Stony Brook, Broad Brook, and Higher Brook. It has a population of 21,000, 20% of which is made up of Portuguese-Americans.
With its large Portuguese population, it is no surprise that soccer is a popular sport in town. The high school soccer team is nationally ranked, and both amateur and professional soccer leagues call Ludlow home. The National Soccer Hall of Fame includes Ludlow as an important city in American soccer history.
With the Massachusetts Turnpike running through town as well as local roads running to Springfield and Belchertown, Ludlow residents enjoy easy access to the region. Public bus routes provide additional access to Springfield for commuters.
Each year, 200,000 people flock to Ludlow for the Festa hosted by the Our Lady of Fatima Church. Traditionally held over Labor Day weekend, this festival honors the Virgin Mary as she appeared to children in Fatima, Portugal. It is also a celebration of Portuguese culture, bringing visitors from around New England.
The festival is like many other New England festivals including food vendors, carnival rides, musical performances and folk dancing. However, for many the religious aspect of the festival is the most important and why they travel to Ludlow each year. Outdoor Masses are held, and Sunday Mass concludes with a candlelight procession, echoing that which occurs in Portugal’s Festa each year.
Ludlow, Massachusetts has undergone many changes throughout its history, but maintains its unique character. From a farming community to a mill town, and now a residential suburb, Ludlow celebrates its proud history, culture, and diversity.