ALFORD MA REAL ESTATE HOUSES LAND
Alford MA Real Estate includes the Town of Alford which is in the southern Berkshires bordered to the north by the Town of West Stockbridge, east by the Town of Great Barrington, south of the Town of Egremont to the West by Columbia County, NY.
Alford MA Real Estate
According to the U. S. Census for 2000, the town has a total area of 11.6 square miles and a population of 399 people, 99% white. The median income for a household in the town was $49,632. The per capita income for the town was $40,412.
Alford was originally settled in 1750 as a farming community, and was bought from the Stockbridge Indians. The town was named for Colonel John Alford of Charlestown, who was known for his work in preaching Christianity to Native Americans.
The first gristmill was erected in Alford in 1763. A second purchase called the Green Land Grant added 15,000 acres the same year. The town, originally part of Great Barrington, separated in 1769 and was officially incorporated in 1773.
Alford MA Real Estate
The primary occupation of the early settlers was agriculture; yet Alford had grown and had two sawmills, two grist mills, a forge with trip hammer, a furnace for casting hollow ware, and a tannery. Marble became Alford’s major export in the early 19th century. When the railroads were laid elsewhere, the industries in Alford became unprofitable.
Alford has no post office, no stores, no motels or hotels, and not a single gas station. There are still a few farms in operation that export their goods, and sell goods in local stores and farmer’s markets. Some full-time residents are self-employed or own their own businesses, focused on trades and professional services. The majority of residents work in surrounding areas, but second homeowners and retirees make up a large percentage of the town’s current population.
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