463 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA 01020
Phone: (413) 592-6171
Fax: (413) 598-8351
The renowned Edward Bellamy House is sited in the city of Chicopee in Massachusetts. It is designated as a National Historic Landmark and was constructed in 1852. Home of the renowned journalist, Edward Bellamy, presently, it functions as a monumental house museum. Owing to that, the house site carries immense significance and was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
Explore the outdoors at the Chicopee Memorial State Park, formerly called the Cooley Brook Reservoir and Watershed. This large state park has hiking trails, biking paths, and a lake where you can go swimming or fishing. Bring the kids and relax on the lake's beach then have lunch at one the picnic spots.
The Holyoke Public Library offers a wide range of services and programs.
The Pulaski Park, previously known as the Prospect Park, is a historic park located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Built in 1884 by Tighe and John, a walk at the park is a refreshing experience. One can also try recreation activities at the park. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
Founded as a "Free Church" then "Sanford Street Church" in the 1840s, the St. John’s Congregational Church is one of the oldest active Black New England churches. Abolitionist John Brown was a member of the church and he along with other church members would help fugitive slaves escape, their actions helped Springfield become a major stop on the Underground Railroad. Church members also fought for Civil Rights, including Rev. Dr. Charles E. Cobb who successfully made the Springfield school Board end its ban on hiring qualified black teachers in 1956. A bible owned by John Brown is on display at the church.
The Springfield Armory, located in the heart of the city, is the location of one of the country's first armory and is also where the U.S. military arms were manufactured during most of the 18th Century. This significant national site is featured on the National Register of Historic Places and preserves the largest collection of historic American firearms in the world.
A "recent" development in the old city of Springfield, Mattoon Street was developed in the 1870s as a two-sided street of Victorian single-family rowhouses. After about 100 years of disrepair and numerous vacancies, local residents took the initiative to restore this street by planting trees and adding brick sidewalks and vintage streetlights. The homes are today single-family units and the neighborhood is host to the Mattoon Street Arts Festival
One of the most unique public spaces in the country, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden has five different statues and sculptures of some of Dr Seuss' most beloved characters. A ten-foot tall Horton, plus the Lorax, Yertle the Turtle and the Cat in the Hat are some of the cartoon creatures that come to life in this playful garden. The largest sculpture is an enormous replica of Oh, the Places You'll Go!, and there is also a statue of Dr. Seuss sitting at his writing desk. Free and open daily, the garden is a great stop for anyone and everyone who loves Dr. Seuss.
The Springfield Science Museum and Seymour Planetarium is dedicated to the natural sciences and artifacts found throughout New England. Children can explore and learn about the habitats of the Amazon rainforest, African savanna, a coral reef or the New England coastal areas. If a trip through time is more their thing, the Dinosaur Hall has replicas of Tyrannosaurus Rex as well as some dinosaurs native to the Connecticut River Valley. Tickets to the Seymour Planetarium (the nation's oldest) can be purchased separately, so sit back and check out over 7000 stars from our solar system.
The Club Quarter is the center of Springfield nightlife. Located at Stearns Square and the surrounding area, the Club Quarter covers approximately 10 blocks of good food, stiff drinks, and great dancing. Home to over 40 of Springfield's hottest restaurants and nightclubs, the Club Quarter is the place to head for a fun night out.
Stearns Square is a historic block at Bridge Street in Springfield, and is host to the Stearns Square Summer Concert Series each year.
This cluster of museums, plus a library and a national memorial, on the corner of Chestnut Street and State Street comprises the Quadrangle. The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum is the oldest of the group, and consists of collection of ancient art and artifacts from Greek and Roman civilizations. The Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts is where you can find the collection of work by European and American artists collected over time. Among the most notable collection in the permanent exhibit of the museum includes paintings of John Singleton Copley and Currier & Ives' lithograph works. The Springfield Science Museum is a fine center where you can learn about the physical and natural science and its exhibits display such things as life size models and remains of dinosaurs and animals from Savannah. Various antique automobiles and weapons that were part of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, are displayed inside the Museum of Springfield History that opened to the public in 2009. The Quadrangle also houses the Springfield City Library, which was built in 1913, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Hours and prices vary for each museum and attraction.