The Town of Wilbraham is a suburban community located 6 miles east of Springfield, 81 miles southwest of Boston, 33 miles north of Hartford Connecticut, and 140 miles from New York City. Total land area is 22.22 square miles with 5048 dwellings and the total population according to 2000 Federal Census data was 13,473.
The town is governed by an elected 3 member Board of Selectmen and employs a full time town Administrator and administrative staff to facilitate the annual Open Town Meeting vote. Townspeople convene annually in the spring at the local regional high school to appropriate revenue and decide on local issues. All registered voters may attend and speak at Annual Town Meeting. Registered voters act on the town budget, Bylaw and municipal fee changes and policy changes. All fiscal appropriations must be approved by Annual Town Meeting before any money is expended. The Wilbraham town government is granted its authority by the state constitution, state statutes and local Bylaw. Major functions of town government include: providing public safety, funding public education, town water and sewer and public works, assessing, billing and collecting local taxes, registering voters and supervising elections, issuing licenses and permits, and enforcing building and sanitation codes.
Settled in 1731 and incorporated on June 15, 1763, Wilbraham offers its residents a charming old New England setting surrounded by large tracts of preserved open space and several working farms. A volunteer group organizes an annual Peach Festival celebrating the numerous fruit orchards which dot its landscape. The Chicopee River runs along the northern border of town and the Wilbraham Mountain Range, part of the Central Upland of Massachusetts, is an escarpment that marks the eastern valley ridge. It provides tremendous westerly views and is a source of regional enjoyment. The portion of town west of the mountain lies within the Connecticut Valley Lowland. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s the newly created Conservation Commission and the town’s local government worked toward a town meeting vote to purchase and protect hundreds of acres of open space in benefit to the greater Springfield region. There are historical landscapes, mixed farm fields and wood lots in most areas of town.
Wilbraham’s rural land beauty results from the meeting of the town’s lowlands and the prominent ridge of the Wilbraham Mountains. Individual peaks such as Rattlesnake Peak, Wigwam Hill, Mount Chapin, Mount Mercy and Sunset Ridge rise steeply along the eastern side of Main Street to form the eastern edge of the Connecticut River Valley.