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Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists Marker image, Touch for more information
By Don Morfe, May 23, 2013
Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists Marker
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Florence — Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists
On Park Street at Meadow Street on Park Street.
The major industries established in Florence during the 19th century were founded by reform-minded individuals who championed progressive causes throughout their lives. Their success in business was matched by their generosity in giving. Many of the . . . — Map (db m65757) HM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Florence — Florence Manufacturing
On Park Street at Meadow Street on Park Street.
Florence, or Broughton’s Meadow as it was originally called, was one of America’s early manufacturing centers. In 1837, Samuel Whitmarsh established the area’s first silk mill along the Mill River. Importing silk worms fed on homegrown mulberry . . . — Map (db m65761) HM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Florence — The Anti-Slavery Community
On Park Street at Meadow Street on Park Street.
Present-day Florence is the site of one of the most active centers of the anti-slavery movement in America. In 1842, members of the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, among them Samuel L. Hill and George Benson, established a utopian . . . — Map (db m65759) HM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Florence — The Florence Eagles
On Park Street at Meadow Street on Park Street.
The Florence Eagles were once one of the legendary teams of early baseball history. In 1865, as the Civil War drew to a close, the Army of the Potomac had its own championship team composed mainly of youths from Western Massachusetts. One of the . . . — Map (db m65746) HM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Hadley — Hadley1630 - 1930
On Russell Street (Massachusetts Route 9).
Indian land called Norwottock. Settled in 1650 by families from Hartford. The Regicides Generals Goffe and Whalley were concealed for fifteen years in the Pastor's house. — Map (db m48174) HM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Hadley — Hadley1630 - 1930
On Russell Street (Massachusetts Route 9), on the right when traveling east.
Indian land called Norwottock. Settled in 1650 by families from Hartford. The Regicides Generals Goffe and Whalley were concealed for fifteen years in the Pastor's house. — Map (db m48757) HM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Hadley — Holyoke Range and Skinner State Parks
On Mountain Road at Skinner State Park Road on Mountain Road.
The park’s westernmost peak, Mt Holyoke, was the site of North America’s first summit house (1821) and the state’s first mountain tramway (1854). Located in the towns of Hadley, South Hadley, Amherst, Belchertown, and Granby, the two parks were . . . — Map (db m65741) HM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Hatfield — Hatfield1630 - 1930
Before 1670 part of Hadley. Thrice attacked by Indians during King Philip's War. — Map (db m48175) HM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Huntington — In Memoriam
On Russell Road (U.S. 20) at Massachusetts Route 112, on the right when traveling north on Russell Road.
Erected by the citizens of this town in honor of her patriotic men and women who served their country in the time of war to the dead-a tribute to the living- a memory to posterity- an emblem of loyalty to the flag of . . . — Map (db m111665) WM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Northampton — Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski
Near Main Street (Massachusetts Route 10) at Masonic Street, on the right when traveling east.
To perpetuate the memory of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski an American Revolutionary War Hero, who, from wounds received at the siege of Savannah, Georgia, died on October eleventh, 1779. This memorial is erected in testimony of . . . — Map (db m138431) HM WM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Northampton — Cornet Joseph ParsonsA Founder of Northampton, Massachusetts
Near Bridge Street (Massachusetts Route 9).
In Memory of Cornet Joseph Parsons c. 1618-1683 A founder of Northampton and his wife Mary (Bliss) Parsons c. 1628-1711/12 — Map (db m24863) HM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Northampton — Pulaski Park
Near Main Street (Massachusetts Route 10) at Masonic Street, on the right when traveling east.
During the late 18th century, the site of Pulaski Park was used extensively for public auctions and as a congregating place for horse traders. Public announcements were made there, and tradition has it that news of the British attack on Lexington . . . — Map (db m138434) HM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Northampton — Town Center
Near Main Street (Massachusetts Route 10) at Masonic Street, on the right when traveling east.
By the mid 19th century the simple elegance of Northampton's buildings began to give way to the tastes and fashions of a new era of commercialism. William Fenno Pratt, who designed many of the Victorian buildings on Main Street, conceived of the . . . — Map (db m138436) HM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Northampton — Upper Main Street
Near Main Street (Massachusetts Route 10) at Masonic Street, on the right when traveling east.
Commercial development along upper Main Street followed the industrial expansion spurred by the Civil War. As Northampton became a manufacturing center, its business district expanded to accommodate a growing and changing population. In the 1860s . . . — Map (db m138438) HM
Massachusetts (Hampshire County), Northampton — West Main Street
Near Main Street (Massachusetts Route 10) at Masonic Street, on the right when traveling east.
The Academy of Music, built in 1891, was a gift to the city from Edward H.R. Lyman. It was designed as an opera house by William Brockelsby. With its rich terra cotta facade, it echoes the neo-classical style of the Italian Renaissance. In 1912, a . . . — Map (db m138493) HM

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