Originally a collection of villages within Springfield, Chicopee became its own city in 1848. Prior to white settlement, this area was the home of the Agawam tribe, and colonizers from places like Poland and French Canada began building up the area. Two rivers, the Chicopee and the Connecticut, meet in this area, which helped make Chicopee an appealing location for commercial development, giving it an early prosperity. A variety of factories, including textile mills, metal foundries, and paper mills, were established in the area. In 1939, an area that was formerly a tobacco field became home to what is now known as Westover Reserve Air Force Base.
Chicopee Memorial Sta
Chicopee Memorial State Park is perfect for residents who love the outdoors and enjoy all Southern Massachusetts has to offer. It offers standard recreational opportunities, including hiking and biking trails, that can be enjoyed spring through fall, giving residents the opportunity to enjoy three of the area's four distinct seasons, including beautiful New England fall colors. But this park also has cross-country skiing trails, meaning that residents can use the park year-round, making it a versatile center for outdoor enjoyment. The park also has multiple ponds, including those that can be used for fishing, when they are not frozen over, of course.
Basilica of St. Stani
Large, old-style basilicas typically conjure images of Europe, but Chicopee's St. Stanislaus Basilica brings that old-world charm to the United States. This Gothic revival cathedral was built in 1908 to serve a group of parishioners who were attending church in a smaller, less impressive building. In addition to providing scenic beauty and historical significance to the area, this church is an active house of worship that is overseen by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield. The parish community was founded in 1891, and during their centennial celebration, Pope John Paul II decreed the cathedral a "minor basilica".