Located only 10 miles east of Springfield and 30 miles northeast of Hartford, this small town maintains its scenic, rural landscape. Consisting of fields, forests, and hills, it is not well-suited for intense development. It also has no public water or sewer system. These factors have limited Hampden’s commercial and industrial development. This community is comprised primarily of single family homes.

Historically the town was a small textile manufacturing center. However, Hampden transitioned into a residential community with the construction of summer homes. A former cider mill and stagecoach stop are reminders of the town’s early commercial roots.

Today Hampden offers a Premier Senior Center, family-run grocery mart, convenience stores, garden and flower shops, restaurants, a thriving theater group, The Hampden Theater Guild and a flourishing boutique offering gifts, clothing and jewelry as well as small commercial operations, located in a developed industrial area.

One of Hampden’s most valuable resources is the Laughing Brook Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, managed by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Laughing Brook has 356 acres of fields and woodlands with hiking trails, and a touch-and-see trail for the blind. In addition, there are many trail along Minnechaug Mountain and goat Rock allowing people to enjoy protected lands in Hampden.