South Hadley, Massachusetts

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South Hadley is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 17,196 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

South Hadley is home to Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley High School, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, and the Berkshire Hills Music Academy.



South Hadley was an uninhabited area of Hadley from 1659 until 1721 when the first English settlers arrived from Hadley.[1] A separate town meeting was held in 1753 (1733?), and the town was officially split and incorporated in 1775 (1773?).[1][2]

The town is the home of the nation's first successful navigable canal[3] as well as the oldest continuing institution of higher education for women.

The Civil War Monument in the center of the Commons was given to South Hadley by William H. Gaylord in the 1900s. The Gaylords also donated the Gaylord Memorial Library, located near the center of town.[4]

The candlemaking of Yankee Candle Company founder Michael Kittredge originated in South Hadley in 1969.[citation needed]


South Hadley is located in the western part of Massachusetts, specifically in the Pioneer Valley. It is bordered on the north by Hadley and Amherst, on the east by Granby, and on the south by Chicopee. The Connecticut River defines the town's western border and separates it from the city of Holyoke. South Hadley is 45 miles (72 km) south of Brattleboro, Vermont, 87 miles (140 km) west of Boston, and 145 miles (233 km) from New York City.

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