Belchertown, Massachusetts Town Seal Belchertown, Massachusetts
Incorporated 1761

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Town Clerk

413-323-0400
413-323-0411 fax
P. O. Box 607, Town Hall - 2 Jabish St., Belchertown, MA 01007
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Vital Records

Records in the Walter E. Corbin Collection, comp. by Walter E. and Lottie S. Corbin, available from the New England Historic and Genealogical Society: Reels 3, 4: Belchertown
Records are also also on microfiche from the Holbrook Institute.

Churches and Religious History

Congregational: The Congregational Church was gathered in 1737 as the Church at Cold Spring; renamed when the town was incorporated, Belchertown First Congregational Church. The Congregational Society was organized in 1823. Ministers: Rev. Edward Billing, ordained 1739, dismissed 1752; Rev. Justus Forward, ordained 1756, died 1814. Deacons included John Smith (d. 1777), Aaron Lyman (d. 1780), Elijah Smith (d. 1770), Joseph Bridgman (d. 1773), Joseph Smith (d. 1803), Edward Smith, Elijah Dwight (d. 1795), Amasa Smith, Eliakim Phelps, and James Walker.
"Church Records Book No. 1." 1756-1762, with other data to 1801.
"No. 2 Records of the Church in Belchertown." 1764-1801. COPY
"Records of Admission to Communion in the Chh at Belchertown - Baptisms - Marriage - Deaths &c. No. 3" 1764-1801.
"Records of the Church of Christ." Proceedings, 1756-1802; records 1802-1832.
"Records of Congregational Church, 1833-1849 inclusive."
"Church Records." 1849-1892. Data to 1907.
Church Records 1891-1928.
"Society Records, Belchertown." 1834-1882.
Brainerd Congregational Church existed from 1834 until 1841, merging with the First Congregational to form the Belchertown Congregational Church.
Mark Doolittle, Historical Sketch of the Congregational Church of Belchertown (Northampton, 1852). Includes memberships lists and other information on individuals.
Baptists: Town records mention Baptists, but all seem to have attended meetings in other towns, particularly Amherst and Wilbraham.
Methodists: Belchertown had an active Methodist church from the early 19th century.
Ethel Alden Collis, Methodists in Belchertown and Enfield, Massachusetts (1948).
Roman Catholic: More information is needed on this denomination in Belchertown.

Local Histories

William E. Shaw, History of Belchertown in the 18th Century, ed. William A. Doubleday (Amherst, 1968).

Historic & Other Interesting Sites

Stone House Museum, 20 Maple Street, Belchertown, MA
413-323-6573
Period furniture, paintings, and a collection of Rogers Group sculpture are featured in this Federal-style home, built in 1827. Also, see 19th-century carriages, stage coaches, sleighs, a fire pumper and hearse in the Ford Annex Carriage House. Open May-October. Admission.

McLaughlin Fish Hatchery, East Street (off Route 9), Belchertown, MA, 413-323-7671.
One of the country's largest trout hatcheries. Open daily 9:00am-4:00pm.

Pertinent Links

State of Massachusetts, Belchertown Commonwealth Community Page
Belchertown DHCD Community Profile
Town of Belchertown Web Site
Belchertown Town Clerk Web Page
Clapp Memorial Library Web Page



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