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Buckland, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
Buckland was first settled in 1742 as "No Town", as it was not currently part of either the village of Charlemont or Ashfield, which the land belonged to as one large town. A sawmill was set up that year by Othneil Taylor and Asaph White, and eventually settlement occurred.
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Mary Lyon House
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Wayside Inn, S. B. Taylor - Buckland, Mass.
Located at 2 Charlemont Rd, this was once an annex site for the school taught by Mary Lyon (Buckland native and founder of Mt. Holyoke College), later was "The Wayside Inn" when horse and buggy delivered the guests... trulia.com
Buckland, Massachusetts, USA
Congregational Church and Grange Hall
First Congregational Church of Buckland, Inc. UCC.
We are known as "The Mary Lyon Church" in honor of Mary Lyon (1797-1849) founder of Mount Holyoke College. Mary Lyon was a native of Buckland. She became a teacher here and was baptized here in our church in 1822... marylyonchurch.org
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1779 - The town of Buckland is settled and incorporated
Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
1839 - Buckland
Franklin county. This is a pleasant town and is separated from Charlemont by Deerfield river. It lies 102 miles W. by N. from Boston, 10 W. from Greenfield, and 20 E.S.E. from Adams. Incorporated, 1779. Population, 1837, 1,051.—This is a good farming town and produces a considerable quantity of wool.
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 - BUCKLAND. [Pop. 1,084. Inc. 1779.]
A part of Buckland was taken from Charlemont. Clesson's River, a small stream, runs into the Deerfield, which forms the northern boundary of the town.
Agriculture is the principal business. The surface is hilly. Distance from Greenfield, 12 miles ; from Boston, 105.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Buckland
This town was incorporated in 1779. A part of its territory was within the limits of Charlemont. The first minister of this place was Rev. Josiah Spaulding, from Plainfield, Con.; he was installed pastor in 1794. His successor, the Rev. Benjamin F. Clarke, was settled here 1824. The first settlement within the limits of the town was probably made on Deerfield river, about two and a half miles from the Congregational church in the center of the town. A Mr. White is believed to have been the first person who settled there. About the same time a settlement was made in the south part of the town by Capt. Nahum Ward. Flisson, Jonathan Ward, was the first white child born in the town. Capt. Ward settled about one and a half miles westward of the center. Persons of the Baptist denomination settled about two miles south-easterly from the center of the town at a very early period.
The surface of this town is hilly and broken. Clesson’s river, a mill-stream, passes centrally through the... Read MORE...
1854 - Buckland
Buckland, a post-township of Franklin county, Massachusetts, on the S. side of Deerfield river, about 100 miles W. by N. from Boston. Population, 1056.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
BUCKLAND, a township of Franklin co. in the state of Massachusetts, U.S., 104 m. NW of Boston, on the S side of Deerfield river. Pop. in 1840, 1,084.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1866 - A FEROCIOUS MANIAC
[Yes, this sad story was actually in the newspaper in 1866 - unbelievable!]
There is a maniac now living in Buckland, Mass, named Josiah Spaulding, who, the Springfield Republican says, has been confined in an iron cage for over fifty years, and for more than thirty years has not stood erect. He has become so deformed that it is impossible to straighten his limbs by natural force. he refuses to be clothed, and will not suffer anything to remain on him, and is only kept warm in winter by warming the room in which his cage is place. He is the son of Rev. Josiah Spaulding. When he first became insane he endeavored to murder his father, mother and sister, and it became necessary to confine him so that he could not harm any one.
Albany Evening Journal
Albany, New York
September 24, 1866
1889 - Gold!
Farmers in Franklin County, Mass., were greatly excited on the 1st over the discovery of gold among the Buckland hills.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 5, 1889
Buckland Massachusetts, 1890
Buckland is a pleasant farming town in the western part of Franklin County, 125 miles from Boston on the Fitchburg Railroad. This road crosses the northeast corner of the town, where the Buckland station is located ; but that of Shelburne Falls, on the eastern border, is also convenient. The post-office is Buckland, and the villages are the centre and Buckland Four Corners.
The surrounding towns are Charlemont on the north, Shelburne and Conway on the east, Ashfield on the south, and Hawley and Charlemont on the west. The beautiful Deerfield River forms the entire northern line, and taking a sharp turn south forms the line of Shelburne on the eastern side. It receives as tributaries in Buckland, beginning at the west, First, Second, Third, Ware's and Clark's brooks, and Clesson's River, which crosses the middle of the town from south to north, receiving Taylor's Brook on the way, and furnishing power for several mills.
The manufactures consist of cutlery (employing, in 1885, 216 ... Read MORE...
1895 - Buckland
Buckland, a post-township of Franklin co, Mass, 10 miles W. of Greenfield, is on the Troy & Greenfield Railroad, and is bounded on the N. by Deerfield River. It contains the village of Buckland, which is 2 miles S. of Buck land Station, and a part of Shelburne Falls. Pop. 1921.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Buckland, a post-township (town) of Franklin co., Mass., 10 miles W. of Greenfield, is on the Boston and Maine R., and is bounded on the N. by the Deerfield River. Pop. in 1900, 1446.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Buckland:
Buckland Historical Society Museum: Start your journey through Buckland's history at the local museum. It features exhibits and artifacts that showcase the town's rich heritage.
Buckland State Forest: Nature enthusiasts will love exploring Buckland State Forest. There are several hiking trails, including the Mahican-Mohawk Trail, which offers stunning views of the surrounding hills.
Visit Nearby Shelburne Falls: Just a short drive away, Shelburne Falls is a picturesque village famous for its Bridge of Flowers, a former trolley bridge now adorned with vibrant blooms. Don't miss the Glacial Potholes, a series of natural potholes created by retreating glaciers.
Hike to High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary: Located in neighboring Shelburne, this sanctuary offers fantastic hiking opportunities with panoramic views. It's especially beautiful during the fall foliage season.
Buckland Public Library: If you're looking for a quiet place to read or relax, the Buckland Public Library is a... Read MORE...
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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Buckland, Massachusetts, USAWe currently have information about ancestors who were born or died in Buckland.
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Josiah T. ROOT (, Buckland, Massachusetts, USA - 16 October 1874, Westfield, Massachusetts, USA (Wyben))
Elizabeth WARD (25 October 1733, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA (North Plymouth) (White Island Shores) - 18 May 1818, Buckland, Massachusetts, USA)
William TAYLOR (27 January 1758, Buckland, Massachusetts, USA - 17 December 1826, Buckland, Massachusetts, USA)
Experience TOTMAN (23 February 1762, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA (North Plymouth) (White Island Shores) - 20 August 1830, Buckland, Massachusetts, USA)
Jude CROSS (October 1773, Buckland, Massachusetts, USA - 26 December 1852, Rowe, Massachusetts, USA)
Samuel TAYLOR (7 August 1774, Buckland, Massachusetts, USA - 25 November 1864, Shelburne, Massachusetts, USA (Shelburne Falls))
William THAYER (3 March 1779, Buckland, Massachusetts, USA - 3 November 1864, Shelburne, Massachusetts, USA (Shelburne Falls))
John ROACH (1782, Aglish, County Waterford, Ireland - 14 July 1879, Buckland, Massachusetts, USA)
Tirzah Abigail TAYLOR (4 April 1784, Buckland, Massachusetts, USA - 17 September 1857, Charlemont, Massachusetts, USA (Zoar))
Ancestors Who Were Married in Buckland, Massachusetts, USAWe currently have information about ancestors who were married in Buckland.
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William TAYLOR (27 January 1758 - 17 December 1826) and Experience TOTMAN (23 February 1762 - 20 August 1830) married 19 September 1803
Sylvester MAXWELL (16 April 1775 - 21 December 1858) and Tirzah Abigail TAYLOR (4 April 1784 - 17 September 1857) married 25 December 1806
Oren HAWKS (26 April 1794 - 21 July 1873) and Sophia TAYLOR (14 April 1805 - 11 April 1875) married 16 June 1822
Edgar Charles "Edward" FEIGE (17 September 1880 - 3 January 1962) and Katherine A (Katie) PFERSICK (17 January 1880 - 29 August 1963) married 6 May 1903
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