CHESHIRE MA REAL ESTATE HOUSES LAND
Cheshire MA Real Estate includes the Town of Cheshire which is bound by New Ashford to the northwest, Adams to the north, Savoy to the northeast, Windsor to the east, Dalton to the southeast, and Lanesborough to the south and west. The north end of the Taconic State Parkway is in the town and Interstate 90 passes through the town. New York State Route 66 and New York State Route 203 intersect in the town.
Cheshire MA Real Estate
Cheshire is located within the valley of the Hoosic River, and is the site of a dammed reservoir on the river. To the west, parts of Mount Greylock State Reservation take up sections of town, and includes a section of the auto road. To the southeast, North Mountain peaks just outside town limits before descending to the valley. The Appalachian Trail crosses through the center of town, heading from North Mountain to Mount Greylock. The southern foothils of the Hoosac Range make up much of the eastern side of town, and much of the land is dotted with sections of the Chalet and Stafford Hill Wildlife Management Areas. Several other brooks feed into the river along the way.
According to the U. S. Census for 2000, the town has a total area of 27.5 square miles and a population of 3,401, 98% white. The median income for a household is $41,981 and the per capita income for the town is $19,156.
Cheshire was first settled in 1766 and was officially incorporated in 1793. It is named for Cheshire, England. The valley town was founded by Baptists from Rhode Island, the first settlers in the region who were not of the established Puritan Church.
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Cheshire was incorporated in 1793, and its residents were strongly partisan in the election battles of the country’s early days. The election campaign which put Thomas Jefferson into the presidency was hard fought and Cheshire was the only Berkshire town which favored Jefferson. When their candidate won the election, the town searched for a way to show their support and pay a tribute to their new president.
Because Cheshire, like their namesake, specialized in dairying and making cheese, they decided to send a gift to the president of a Cheshire cheese, but one using curds from every farmer in town. The resulting huge cheese was four feet in diameter, 18 inches thick and weighed 1,235 pounds (560 kg). It was moved on a sled drawn by six horses when it was shipped off to Washington, D.C. by water, where it drew a personal letter of thanks from President Jefferson. One of the two monuments in Cheshire commemorates the cheese; the other memorializes the founders of the town. The Pioneer Monument is on Stafford Hill and is a field stone replica of Benedict Arnold’s Norse Mill in Newport, Rhode Island. The view from the monument is arguably one of the most beautiful views in the Berkshires.
The town had early forges and saw mills, grist mills and tanneries, and in 1812, the Cheshire Crown Glass factory opened as did a triphammer operation. The town also boasted the first factory in western Massachusetts to manufacture cotton making machinery. Daniel Brown put 14 water looms into his cotton factory in 1827 and the making of shoes, cotton fabric and cheese were the mainstays of the town’s 19th century economy.
The rural town has been taking on recreational and residential overtones in modern times, with 225 acres of open slopes and wooded trails for skiers on Farnhams. There was in the 1940s a three-quarter of a mile straight run at the Cheshire skiing area. In addition, there has been good fishing in the South Branch of the Hoosic, which originates in Hoosac Lake in the town.
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