Laurel Park

History

1870s
A group of Methodist ministers acquired over seventy acres at Laurel Park to have a permanent place to hold their summer camp meetings. Between six and eight thousand people traveled to Laurel Park to attend, camping in tents.

The first Laurel Park Chautauqua meetings—featuring speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers and specialists of the day—began at this time. The tradition continues at Laurel Park today.

1900s
The tents were gradually replaced with cottages and dorms.

As automobiles took over the roads, people sought other places for summer vacations. The cottages were sold to private owners.

1960s
These years saw a transition from revivalist camp meetings to a residential community with an ecumenical religious orientation.

As people began to enjoy their homes and stay inside more, a Social Union of those at Laurel Park met for Saturday night suppers, card parties, and religious services.


1968
Laurel Park Association sold sixteen acres of land to the Rockridge retirement home.

1980s
Young families, attracted by relatively low cost housing, began moving in and joining the older residents. Methodist affiliation was no longer required.

1985
Land was taken for the construction of Interstate 91. At this time, LPA owned less than seventy-four acres.

1986
Homeowners at Laurel Park (HALP) was formed, converting the cottages into the condominium association it is today. HALP purchased twenty-eight acres from LPA, where the cottages now stand.

Homeowners at Laurel Park
70 Laurel Park
Northampton, MA 01060
413-587-9645

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