Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience

Monson, Massachusetts


The town virtually contains but one village, located in the centre, and extending about two miles north and south. Its two extremities are designated as North and South Monson. It is principally laid out on one street, which constitutes the direct road from Palmer to Stafford, Conn. Beautiful residences, surrounded by attractive gardens elegantly inclosed, stand on either side of the street, and an appearance of thrift and quiet retirement characterizes the place. Dr. Holland, in his history of Western Massachusetts, has well said:

"The valley and the stream, the hills on the right and left, and the rising grounds in the centre, when covered with the green foliage of summer, and contrasted with the neat white buildings of the inhabitants in their irregular position, exhibit to the eye a scene of beautiful and varied perspective which no one who loves nature, when mingled with the works of men, can be weary in surveying."

The village contains a Congregational, Methodist, and Catholic Church, each tasteful in appearance, and occupying excellent sites. Monson Academy is situated in the centre, and is an institution of character and standing. The Monson National Bank building, also situated near the centre, is a small but neat and substantial structure. Stores and manufactories exist in different parts of the village, many of which are elsewhere referred to. The town-clock occupies the tower of the Congregational Church. Five hundred dollars were appropriated for its purchase on April 6, 1874.

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