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Pelham, MA Town Information

Pelham is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,321 at the 2010 census. It shares the same ZIP code as Amherst.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.5 square miles (69 km2), of which 25.1 square miles (65 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (5.40%) is water. The town lies along the western edge of the Quabbin Reservoir, its town line following the former path of the West Branch of the Swift River, which once flowed through the town. The town lies along the hills which divide the Pioneer Valley along the Connecticut River to the west from the Quabbin Valley to the east. The brooks in town also flow in both these directions; those in the eastern third of town drain towards the Quabbin, with the western brooks draining towards the Connecticut. The town is fairly forested, some of which are protected; these include Cadwell Memorial Forest, Buffam Falls Conservation Area and the Quabbin lands.

Pelham is the northeastern-most town in Hampshire County, bordering Franklin County to the north and east. (Prior to the formation of the Quabbin Reservoir, the town of Prescott was the northeast corner of the county, but its lands were absorbed by New Salem.) Pelham is bordered by Shutesbury to the north, New Salem to the east, Belchertown to the south and Amherst to the west. (Because of the reservoir, there is no direct connection between Pelham and New Salem.) The historical center of town is located 14 miles (23 km) east of the county seat of Northampton, 25 miles (40 km) north-northeast of Springfield, 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Worcester, and 84 miles (135 km) west of Boston (though the latter two distances are hampered by not having direct routes across the Quabbin).

Pelham lies along U.S. Route 202, which was rerouted due to the Quabbin Reservoir project along the Daniel Shays Highway through town. Other than a small portion of Route 9 which clips the town's southwest corner, Route 202 is the only highway through town. The town is roughly equidistant from Interstate 90, Interstate 91 and Route 2 to the south, west, and north, respectively. Other than the Belchertown Shuttle and Belchertown/UMass lines of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus service that pass along Route 9, there is no bus service to town. The nearest rail service is the Amtrak Vermonter service along the New England Central Railroad lines in Amherst. Several general aviation airports are located in nearby towns, but the nearest national air service can be reached at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.

Source: Wikipedia


Image: "1839 Pelham Church, MA" by John Phelan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.