Southwick, Massachusetts

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Southwick is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 8,835 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Southwick was originally inhabited by either the Matitacooke, Mayawaug and Woronoake tribes of Native Americans.

Early history

In the mid-17th century, Pioneering English explorers moving up the Connecticut River Valley, seeking fertile farmlands and game, discovered the area and settled Southwick. It became a farming community, defined as the Southern (South-) village (-wick) part the town of Westfield, Massachusetts. Early on, it was nicknamed Poverty Plains because the land was thought to be infertile and its first residential home was built by Samuel Fowler and his wife Naomi Noble on College Highway (US Rts. 10 and 202), about a quarter mile north of the current town center.

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