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Sandisfield MA Real Estate includes the town of Sandisfield which is the largest by land area in Berkshire County, and eighth largest in the state.
Sandisfield MA Real Estate
Sandisfield lies at the southeast corner of Berkshire County along the Connecticut Border, with Hampden County to the east and Litchfield County, Connecticut to the south. Sandisfield is bordered by Otis to the north and northeast, Tolland to the east, Colebrook and Norfolk, Connecticut to the south, New Marlborough to the west, and Monterey to the northwest. The town lies along the Housatonic River valley, and several brooks as well as the Konkapot River flow into the river within the town’s borders, with several falls along these rivers, including Ashley Falls near the state border.
According to the U. S. Census for 2000, the town has a total area of 48.5 square miles and a population of 3,257 people, 96% white. The median income for a household is $45,082 and the per capita income for the town is $25,492.
Sandisfield was first settled in 1750 as Housatonic Township Number 4, and was officially incorporated in 1762. It was most likely named for the Sandy Family, one of the original families in the town and namesake of the town’s Sandy Brook. Settlers, mainly from Connecticut Colony, arrived at “Housatonic Plantation No. 3” starting in 1750. Abundant land attracted newcomers for the next century and the population peaked around 1850, twice today’s level.
In the mid-19th century Sandisfield was one of the most prosperous towns in the area with productive dairy farms and numerous sawmills, tanneries and light manufacturing all along its rivers. But a much anticipated railroad line in the 1870s never materialized. The farming economy suffered and the population declined.
Sandisfield MA Real Estate
As a result, today Sandisfield’s physical character is much different. The land is reforested and contains many streams and sparkling clear ponds and lakes. Sandisfield State Forest and nearby York Lake are hidden treasures for the savvy visitor, summer or winter. In the north end of town enchanting Spectacle Pond astride the old “Knox Trail,” recently incorporated into Otis State Forest, has no equal for kayak and canoe enthusiasts. Although a true center never developed in this sprawling town, quaint villages and hamlets thoughout the town remind of another time and way of life.
The town was mostly an agricultural setting in the earliest times, with rye fields and orchards filling the land. Sawmills grew up along the rivers, but most industry failed in the late nineteenth century, when a planned railway along the Farmington River fell through.
The Record, a bi-weekly regional newspaper covering town news in Sandisfield and four neighboring towns, was published in Sandisfield from 1981 to 1985. Today the picturesque town is mostly rural, with some of the least densely populated parts of the state.
The settlers of the 18th and early 19th centuries left an important legacy: more than 100 antique homes and public buildings. Most have been lovingly restored by both long-time and seasonal residents, the two segments of the modern community. Three are on the National Register of Historic Places: the 1799 “Philemon Sage House;” the quintessential New England tavern, “The New Boston Inn” which has continuously served guests and diners since at least 1750; and the wonderful Greek Revival style 1842 Baptist Meeting House. In the early 20th century it was converted to a Jewish Synagogue.
In the early 20th century it was converted to a Jewish Synagogue. And then in the 1980’s it was again transformed into the vibrant and acclaimed “Sandisfield Arts Center.” The pride of the community, the Arts Center is a regional destination offering top-notch musical and cultural performances from April to December.
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