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Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

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Where is Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA? 

Williamstown, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
Originally called West Hoosac, the area was first settled in 1749. Prior to this time its position along the Mohawk Trail made it ideal Mohican hunting grounds. Its strategic location bordering Dutch colonies in New York led to its settlement, because it was needed as a buffer to stop the Dutch from encroaching on Massachusetts. Fort West Hoosac, the westernmost blockhouse and stockade in Massachusetts, was built in 1756. The town was incorporated in 1765 as Williamstown according to the will of Col. Ephraim Williams, who was killed in the French and Indian War. He bequeathed a significant sum to the town on the condition that it were named after him and started a free school. In 1791, the school opened, but only lasted a short time as a free school before becoming Williams College in 1793.
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Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - The Greylock
Henry N. Teauge, Lessee
Field Park and West Main Street
Williamstown, Mass.
Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

The Greylock
Henry N. Teauge, Lessee
Field Park and West Main Street
Williamstown, Mass.
Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA - The Falls, Williamstown, Mass., 1907
Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

The Falls, Williamstown, Mass., 1907

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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...Read MORE...

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

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June 12, 1838
6. WILLIAMSTOWN. [Pop. 2,153. Inc. 1765.]
This town, once called West Hoosick, was named after Colonel Ephraim Williams, a native of Newton, ...Read MORE...

News  1846 - Stage Accident.
The Pittsfield Sun states that a bridge near Williamston broke down on Monday evening,...Read MORE...

News  1850 - CATTLE KILLED BY LIGHTNING.
Five yearlings, belonging to Mr. D. A. Bulkley, of Williamstown, were killed by lightning, on...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...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...Read MORE...

1906
Williamstown, a banking post-village of Berkshire co., Mass., in Williamstown township (town), on...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...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...Read MORE...


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