The Central Baptist church congregation, the current building of which is located downtown on Elm Street, claims heritage back to the reform movement of the Massachusetts Puritans, who were the original pioneers in the state. However, internal troubles made the Baptist congregation unstable for a long time, such that even after the current Central...more
The Parish of St. Mary's and that of Holy Trinity are very near each other physically, but in terms of parish devotion, quite apart. St. Mary's is the wealthier church of much earlier Irish immigrant origin. The parish dates back as early as 1828, but the first wooden church wasn't erected until 1853. A year later, a mob of Know Nothings attempted...more
During the industrial period of the late 19th century, Polish and Irish immigrants flooded the town, and with them came the Catholic churches. The younger Holy Trinity Catholic Church is operated by an order with Polish background. Some services are still held in the Polish language. This marvelous building is located at 335 Elm Street just south...more
Train service no longer runs through Westfield, but the train depot, which is located on the north bank of the river, is worth a look for its architecture. Nearby are also some other old industrial buildings of architectural interest. The rail depot has been converted into an insurance company offices now.more
A couple old hotels near the train depot off Elm on the northside of Westfield River now have been restored and put to use as a mall for small gift shops. The "visitor's center" sign is a bit deceptive as inside is a friendly lady and her Westfield tourist gift shop. Nevertheless, the building and shops are worth a stroll, and in the back is a...more
The Public Library in Westfield also has substantial and separate art and history museums, all housed within a venerable old building that appears restored on the outside. Part of the building on Court Street appears to have once been the residence of a wealthy Westfield benefactor for the library. The Westfield Athenaeum is located downtown at the...more
The town of Westfield sent more than its share of soldiers to fight in the American Civil War and it has like many other cities commemorated this with a bronze memorial. The Westfield Memorial Bronze Statue is noteworthy for both age (1871 dedication) and artwork, as it is reported in the Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog. Check out the link...more
Much, though not all of the downtown is built of the locally produced red brick with brownstone trimming. Most of these building were built between 1865 and 1920. The town still has a few buildings in need of restoration, but most of downtown is now given over to antique stores and other light commercial activity. The main commercial strip is now...more
The north and south sides of Westfield are joined by two bridges that cross the river, plus an additional rail bridge no longer in use. The two bridges are currently under reconstruction, but the original rivetted steel cantilever bridges are worth walking. The riverbanks have a wealth of trees that in autumn are quite beautiful.more
The City Hall is within the original Westfield State Teacher's College building on Court Street. Founded by Horace Mann, the father of public education in the United State, Westfield State College was also the first coeducational normal school in the United States, and today remains the second leading producer of teachers in the state of...more
By far, the most notable life long resident of Westfield is Major General William Shepard. See the complete story in the Wikipedia link below, but this guy served in great military distinction in the French & Indian War, The Revolutionary War, Shay's Rebellion, and was a farmer, Minuteman, a state and federal congressman. His bronze statue is...more
On Broad Street, right in the center of the southside of town, across from Old Town Hall, Westfield has a small tree shrouded square with a number of important statues. I noticed right away the square could use some improved landscape care, but what interested me was the fountain and commemorative plate describing a celebratory cake made during the...more
The oldest building still standing is that of Old Town Hall, built on land donated by Samuel Fowler in 1820. The building was constructed and first used starting in 1839, and has served in a variety capacities--high school, meeting hall, and church. The building is currently part of the First Congregation Church complex, providing shelter for the...more
39 Southampton Road, Westfield, Massachusetts, 1085, United States
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50 Russell Road, Westfield, MA, 01085
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I booked this hotel through booking sites. I was not sure about the amenities of the hotel. When I...more
This is the best place to eat breakfast in the southside downtown area. The service is informal and excellent. The restaurant caters to locals, so use my instructions to find the place and don't breath a word to anyone else. I asked for a business card, and the owner said in his own way, "thanks but no thanks". But, this place is too cool not to talk about. The food is not extraordinary--this is regular American breakfast eggs, pancakes, and weak coffee--but the atmosphere is authentic and lively. No photos of the food, just go there and eat. Ask around if you get lost. All the locals know this place.
Truckers and RV drivers beware. There are several low overhead bridges in this town. It is possible to drive along Hwys 20 and 2. I drove Hwy 2 through to Springfield with my tractor and 53' trailer, so RV drivers will have no problems. But, just look at this images to see what I mean.
The Bon Ton is the only department store located in town. They carry clothing for the family, jewelry, cosmetics, and housewares.
What to buy: If your looking for a nice oufit for a special event this is the only place to find it.
What to pay: The avarge prices that department stores charge.
Near the junction of Hwys 2 and 20 on the northside of Westfield is a tiny but seemingly historic park dedicated to revolutionary war hero General Wareham. The park appears to claim to date to 1801.