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It was incorporated in 1822 from portions of Pelham and New Salem, and was partially built on Equivalent Lands. It was named in honor of Colonel William Prescott, who commanded the American forces at the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was unincorporated on April 28, 1938, as part of the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir... wikipedia

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1839 - Prescott
Prescott, Massachusetts
Hampshire county. The surface of this town is rough and hilly. The principal manufacture consists of palm-leaf hats, of which about 50,000 are annually made. The soil is better for grazing than tillage. Prescott lies 76 miles W. from Boston and 16 N.E. from Northampton. Taken from Pelham in 1822. Population, 1837, 788.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - PRESCOTT. [Pop. 780. Inc. 1822.]
Prescott was taken from Pelham and New Salem. It was named in honor of Col. Prescott, of Peperell, who was the actual commander at the battle of Bunker Hill.

Its soil is rough and hilly, but well watered by two sources of Swift river.

A large number of palm-leaf hats are made here, but the inhabitants are generally farmers.

Distance from Northampton, 16 miles; from Boston, 76.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
Prescott Massachusetts, 1890
Prescott forms the northeast angle of Hampshire County, and is about 100 miles west of Boston. The Athol and Enfield Branch of the Boston and Albany Railroad passes through the southeast corner, and has stations in the adjoining towns east and south. Its territory is in the form of an inverted L. New Salem bounds it on the north, Dana and Greenwich on the east, the latter and Enfield on the south, and Pelham and Shutesbury on the west. Its assessed area is 11,007 acres; and there are about 2,300 acres of forest, consisting chiefly of chestnut and pine.

Prescott is a pleasant farming town of 448 inhabitants, 142 legal voters, 109 taxed dwelling-houses, and 111 farms. The products of the last are of the usual variety, and were valued in 1885 at $63,9992, The soil of this town is strong, yellow loam, but hard to till. There are some domestic manufactures of hats. There are several saw-mills, making lumber, boxes, whip-stocks, etc. The valuation in 1888 was $177,330, with a tax-rate of ... Read MORE...

Prescott, a post-township (town) of Hampshire co., Mass., about 28 miles NNE. of Springfield. Pop. in 1900, 380.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

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1938 - Prescott is no longer a town. It is flooded and becomes part of the Quabbin Reservoir.

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