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Alford, Massachusetts, USA

Alford, Berkshire, MA

Alford was first settled in 1756 as part of a land purchase from the Shauanum Stockbridge Mahican tribe by a group led by Timothy Woodbridge. The town, originally part of Great Barrington, separated in 1769 and was officially incorporated in 1773. It was named for Colonel John Alford of Charlestown, who was known for preaching Christianity to Native Americans and for sponsoring a theology professorship at Harvard College's Divinity School.

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  • 1740 - Alford is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • Alford Massachusetts was originally settled in 1750 as a farming community, and was bought from the Stockbridge Indians, the Shawanon Purchase of 1756.

    http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/

  • The first gristmill was erected in Alford in 1763.

    http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/

  • Alford, originally part of Great Barrington, separated in 1769 and was officially incorporated in 1773.

    http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/

  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,...Read MORE...


  • The Alford Village Church was built in 1817

    http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/

  • 1845 - ALFORD. [Pop. 481. Inc. 1778.]
    This small, irregularly shaped town was composed of land purchased of the Stockbridge tribe of Indians, and of a part of Great Barrington.

    ...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Alford
    Alford, a post-township of Berkshire county, Massachusetts, on Green river, an affluent of the Housatonic, 130 miles W. from Boston. Population, 502.
    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.

  • Alford Town Hall was built in 1855

    http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/

  • Alford Massachusetts, 1890
    Alford is a small, mountainous farming town in the southwestern part of Berkshire County, 150 miles west of Boston, on the extreme western border of...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Alford
    A1ford, a post township and hamlet of Berkshire co, Mass., 10 miles S.S.W. of Lenox, and about 2 miles from the New York state line. It has 1 church. ...Read MORE...


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  • 1916
    Al'ford, a township (town) and hamlet of Berkshire co., Mass., 10 miles SSW. of Lenox and about 2 miles from the New York state line. Pop. of the...Read MORE...




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  • 1740 - Alford is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • Alford Massachusetts was originally settled in 1750 as a farming community, and was bought from the Stockbridge Indians, the Shawanon Purchase of 1756.

    http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/
  • The first gristmill was erected in Alford in 1763.

    http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/
  • Alford, originally part of Great Barrington, separated in 1769 and was officially incorporated in 1773.

    http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/
  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,... Read MORE...

  • The Alford Village Church was built in 1817

    http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/
  • 1845 - ALFORD. [Pop. 481. Inc. 1778.]
    This small, irregularly shaped town was composed of land purchased of the Stockbridge tribe of Indians, and of a part of Great Barrington.

    ... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Alford
    Alford, a post-township of Berkshire county, Massachusetts, on Green river, an affluent of the Housatonic, 130 miles W. from Boston. Population, 502.
    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.
  • Alford Town Hall was built in 1855

    http://townofalford.org/about-our-town/history/
  • Alford Massachusetts, 1890
    Alford is a small, mountainous farming town in the southwestern part of Berkshire County, 150 miles west of Boston, on the extreme western border of... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Alford
    A1ford, a post township and hamlet of Berkshire co, Mass., 10 miles S.S.W. of Lenox, and about 2 miles from the New York state line. It has 1 church. ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Al'ford, a township (town) and hamlet of Berkshire co., Mass., 10 miles SSW. of Lenox and about 2 miles from the New York state line. Pop. of the... Read MORE...

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