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Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

Williamstown, Berkshire, MA

In 1750 the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony, wanting to encourage permanent settlement in the western parts, passed legislation that in order to incorporate, and for settlers to gain title to their cleared lands, a town must have a settled pastor. That same year, the first lots were sold in the newly surveyed West Hoosuck plantation, which later became Williamstown.
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Williamstown includes: Sandsprings, Sherwood, Sweet's Corner, White Oaks, Beechdale, Blackinton, Buxton, Card's Corner, Charityville, Colesville, Goodell Hollow, The Hopper, and Riverside.
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  • 1749 - Williamstown is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1765 - Williamstown is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • In 1798, the Legislature of Massachusetts granted two townships of land to Williams College, located at Williams town, Mass.
    The present towns of Garland and Lee, both situated in the present county of Penobscot, were the townships granted.
    History of Garland, Maine by Lyndon Oak, Dover, Maine, The Observer Publishing Co., 1912

  • News 1838 - June 12 - Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Mass

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    June 12, 1838

  • 1845 - WILLIAMSTOWN. [Pop. 2,153. Inc. 1765.]
    This town, once called West Hoosick, was named after Colonel Ephraim Williams, a native of Newton, in Middlesex county, who bequeathed a sum of...Read MORE...


  • News 1846 - Stage Accident.
    The Pittsfield Sun states that a bridge near Williamston broke down on Monday evening, precipitating a stage load of eleven passengers 8 or 9 feet...Read MORE...


  • News 1850 - CATTLE KILLED BY LIGHTNING.
    Five yearlings, belonging to Mr. D. A. Bulkley, of Williamstown, were killed by lightning, on Monday morning, the 27th ult. They were standing in...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Williamstown
    Williamstown, a pleasant post-village of Berkshire co., Massachusetts, about 120 miles N. W. by W. from Boston. It is the seat of Williams College, a ...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - Young Sears, the richest boy in America, who has been attending school at South Williamstown, Mass., was, it is said, killed on the 16th, while coasting, having slid against a rock by which his brains were dashed out.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 30, 1869

  • Williamstown Massachusetts, 1890
    Williamstown forms the northwestern extremity of Berkshire County and of the State. It is noted as the seat of Williams College, and contains 3,729...Read MORE...


  • Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
    Williams College
  • 1895 - Williamstown
    Williamstown, a post-village of Berkshire co, Mass., in Williamstown township, on the Hoosac River, and on the Boston, Hoosac Tunnel & Western and...Read MORE...


  • Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
    The Greylock
    Henry N. Teauge, Lessee
    Field Park and West Main Street
    Williamstown, Mass.
  • News 1904 - DORMITORY FIRE STARTED BY CIGARETTE. $20,000 DAMAGE TO A WILLIAMS COLLEGE BUILDING.
    Williamstown, Mass., Nov. 24. - Morgan Hall, the largest and newest of the dormitories connected with Williams College, was damaged to the extent of...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Williamstown, a banking post-village of Berkshire co., Mass., in Williamstown township (town), on the Hoosac River and on the Boston and Maine R., 5...Read MORE...


  • Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
    The Falls, Williamstown, Mass., 1907
  • News 1908 - WILLIAMSTOWN. BURNING OF ADAMS BLOCK. LOSS WILL BE ABOUT $25,000.
    Blaze Starts From Unknown Came in Prindle's Restaurant.

    The Adams block, one of the principal business blocks on Spring street, was very badly...Read MORE...


  • News 1918 - WILLIAMS COLLEGE HAS $50,000 FIRE.
    Williamstown, Nov. 5. - Damage estimated at close to $50,000 was done to Jessup hall, one of the Williams college buildings, by a fire today that is...Read MORE...




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The Greylock
Henry N. Teauge, Lessee
Field Park and West Main Street
Williamstown, Mass.

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The Falls, Williamstown, Mass., 1907
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  • 1749 - Williamstown is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1765 - Williamstown is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • In 1798, the Legislature of Massachusetts granted two townships of land to Williams College, located at Williams town, Mass.
    The present towns of Garland and Lee, both situated in the present county of Penobscot, were the townships granted.
    History of Garland, Maine by Lyndon Oak, Dover, Maine, The Observer Publishing Co., 1912
  • News  1838 - June 12 - Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Mass

    historyorb.com
    June 12, 1838
  • 1845 - WILLIAMSTOWN. [Pop. 2,153. Inc. 1765.]
    This town, once called West Hoosick, was named after Colonel Ephraim Williams, a native of Newton, in Middlesex county, who bequeathed a sum of... Read MORE...

  • News  1846 - Stage Accident.
    The Pittsfield Sun states that a bridge near Williamston broke down on Monday evening, precipitating a stage load of eleven passengers 8 or 9 feet... Read MORE...

  • News  1850 - CATTLE KILLED BY LIGHTNING.
    Five yearlings, belonging to Mr. D. A. Bulkley, of Williamstown, were killed by lightning, on Monday morning, the 27th ult. They were standing in... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Williamstown
    Williamstown, a pleasant post-village of Berkshire co., Massachusetts, about 120 miles N. W. by W. from Boston. It is the seat of Williams College, a ... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - Young Sears, the richest boy in America, who has been attending school at South Williamstown, Mass., was, it is said, killed on the 16th, while coasting, having slid against a rock by which his brains were dashed out.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 30, 1869
  • Williamstown Massachusetts, 1890
    Williamstown forms the northwestern extremity of Berkshire County and of the State. It is noted as the seat of Williams College, and contains 3,729... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Williamstown
    Williamstown, a post-village of Berkshire co, Mass., in Williamstown township, on the Hoosac River, and on the Boston, Hoosac Tunnel & Western and... Read MORE...

  • News  1904 - DORMITORY FIRE STARTED BY CIGARETTE. $20,000 DAMAGE TO A WILLIAMS COLLEGE BUILDING.
    Williamstown, Mass., Nov. 24. - Morgan Hall, the largest and newest of the dormitories connected with Williams College, was damaged to the extent of... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Williamstown, a banking post-village of Berkshire co., Mass., in Williamstown township (town), on the Hoosac River and on the Boston and Maine R., 5... Read MORE...

  • News  1908 - WILLIAMSTOWN. BURNING OF ADAMS BLOCK. LOSS WILL BE ABOUT $25,000.
    Blaze Starts From Unknown Came in Prindle's Restaurant.

    The Adams block, one of the principal business blocks on Spring street, was very badly... Read MORE...

  • News  1918 - WILLIAMS COLLEGE HAS $50,000 FIRE.
    Williamstown, Nov. 5. - Damage estimated at close to $50,000 was done to Jessup hall, one of the Williams college buildings, by a fire today that is... Read MORE...

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