Stanhope, Massachusetts

Stanhope is a mill town in western Massachusetts, located on a wide, flat stretch of the Chessawac River. Stanhope Textiles, the town’s largest employer, has weathered the Great Depression largely through a handful of government contracts, including providing the wool used in winter coats issued to Massachusetts state policemen.

There are still a few working farms on the outskirts of town, and travelers unfamiliar with the area sometimes mistakenly take the Old Farm Road instead of the state highway, which is almost always the faster way to get anywhere. It was along the Old Farm Road that four men were killed by a wild animal of some kind over a three-week period in March of 1932.

Stanhope, Massachusetts

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