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Blandford is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,233 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the home of the Blandford Ski Area.HistoryBlandford was first settled in 1735 primarily by Scots-Irish settlers and was officially incorporated on Nov. 10, 1741. Because of these Scots-Irish families, Blandford was originally called 'New Glascow' after Glasgow, Scotland but was renamed Blandford at the time of incorporation. While the petition of incorporation from the settlers asked that the town be named 'Glascow', William Shirley, the newly appointed Governor of the province of Massachusetts, ignored their request and named the town Blandford after the ship that brought him from England.The name change did come at a cost to the townspeople. The people of Glasgow, Scotland had promised the settlers a gift of a church bell if they named the town after their city. With the town now named Blandford, the bell was never sent. Today, Glasgow Road near the center of Blandford is a silent reminder of these events.Settlement came to Blandford and other "hilltowns" some 75 years after more fertile alluvial lowlands along the Connecticut River where tobacco and other commodity crops were cultivated. In contrast farming in the hilltowns was of a hardscrabble subsistence nature due to thin, rocky soil following Pleistocene glaciation and a slightly cooler climate, although upland fields were sometimes less subject to unseasonal frosts. Initial settlement in the nearby Pioneer Valley was by English Puritans whereas Blandford's Scots-Irish settlers were Presbyterian and their English was still somewhat influenced by Gaelic. Thus there were significant ethnic, religious, economic, and linguistic differences between these adjacent regions of settlement.
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