I admit I always feel a bit sorry for Belchertown. They used to have the gorgeous name of Cold Spring. Now they have a name, from the original "Belcher's Town," that sounds a bit like a burp.
Belchertown is HUGE - it's over 55 square miles. When you're driving to or from Amherst it seems like Belchertown goes on forever. It has a lovely town common.
Belchertown is along the western side of the man-created Quabbin Reservoir.
From 1922 to 1994 Belchertown had the Belchertown State School - a place for mentally disabled people - which received a lot of bad press for its conditions.
There's almost 13,000 people living in Belchertown.
The town is named after Jonathan Belcher, who would become the Royal Governor of Massachusetts
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Let me know if you have any other notes, photos, or trivia to add for Belchertown! All photos here were taken by me, Lisa Shea.
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