Settled in 1775, the town developed around the Ludlow Manufacturing Company which produced jute for twine for the U.S. Postal Service. The waves of immigrants that moved from Scotland, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Canada, and Italy to work in the mills contribute to Ludlow’s ethnic flavor. The Our Lady of Fatima Festival is one of the Pioneer Valley’s largest ethnic celebrations.
Ludlow has transformed itself from its milltown past to a suburban community. Its residential neighborhoods of single- and two-family homes are growing. Interestingly, almost one quarter of the housing units are rentals.
While it is a residential community, Ludlow is more than a bedroom community. It has an established factory district, an outlet mall, and is, along with Chicopee, home to the Westover Industrial Park. Ludlow is also the site of the new Hampden County House of Corrections Facility. Recreational opportunities are provided at Memorial Field and Whitney Park. There is a town beach at Haviland Pond and the Ludlow Community Center is located at Randall Boys & Girls Club. Ludlow is also home to the men’s and women’s Western Massachusetts Pioneers soccer team.