Westfield 350th Birthday
May 19, 2019
Get ready for our birthday weekend
May 17th-19th

September

9/2/1906   President Roosevelt visited Westfield

9/3/1783   Treaty of Peace signed between Great Britain and U.S. celebrated by cannon firing and public banquet on the green.

9/3/ 1919  The statue of Revolutionary hero, General William Shepard, dedicated downtown Westfield

9/4/1839   First Normal School (college for training teachers) opened in Barre, Ma. but transferred to Westfield in 1844. One of the oldest teaching schools in the country.

9/8/1775  3 Westfield men killed in the Battle of Lake George, NY

9/11/1911  Tekoa Golf Country Club opened on Western Avenue (present site of WSU)

9/11/1884  First time free textbooks were introduced in Westfield schools

9/28/1816  Town records noted “frost every month of summer, then severe drought, corn failed and almost no crops gathered”.

9/29/1901   Y.M.C.A. building dedicated on Elm St.  (Rinova Building) (Also, see May 22)

9/1776   Captain John Bancroft of Pochassic Street published as “enemy of his country”  (charged as being a spy for the British). His home is the second oldest brick building still standing in Western Ma.