Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Does anyone know the source of the (Village) names Woodlawn, and Plains?

From: Gary Moorman
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 10:32 AM
To: SouthHadleyHistoricalSociety@gmail.com
Subject: Does anyone know the source of the (Village) names Woodlawn, and Plains?

Hi,

My wife Karen grew up in South Hadley, and we came for a visit last week. The question came up, "What were the source of the names Woodlawn and Plains parts of South Hadley?"  The "Falls" and "Center" are pretty obvious.  If I had to guess about "Plains," I picture the flat open fields and farms along 202, east of the Plains School, with the Hadley Range on the horizon. It is reminiscent of the western plains of the US.  It could just as well been named after someone named Jeremiah Plains for all I know. 

Anybody know the answer?

Thanks,
Gary Moorman
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1 comment:

oldeedigger said...

Hi Gary

I have spent the last few years researching land deeds for the area. Several deeds dating back to 1830 time frame refer to the area of route 33 as the plains section. It was also the main county road from Springfield to Northampton. I have not focused on Woodlawn yet.
Leo