Savoy, Massachusetts

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Savoy is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 705 at the 2000 census.



Savoy began its existence within the Massachusetts Colony as part of "Northern Berkshire Township #6," which included the towns of Adams, North Adams, Cheshire and Lanesborough. The town was auctioned off several times before it was finally purchased by Colonel William Bullock of Rehoboth. It was first settled in 1777 by a group led by Colonel Lemuel Hathaway. The town was officially incorporated in 1797, and was supposedly named for the land's resemblance to the Duchy of Savoy in France. The town started off with a grazing agrarian industry, before several mills took off in town. The town was also very diverse religiously, with several faiths practicing by the mid-19th century. Joseph Smith even preached in the town around 1810 before beginning his westward journey.[citation needed] Today the town is mostly a quiet rural community, known for its scenery and natural beauty.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.0 square miles (93.3 km²), of which, 35.9 square miles (92.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.39%) is water. The town is the 45th largest town by area in the state, and ninth largest in the county. Savoy is located among the Berkshire Hills, with much of the town being dominated by Savoy Mountain State Forest, as well as parts of three other state forests (Mohawk Trail State Forest, Windsor State Forest and Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest), and a wildlife management area in the southwest corner of town. The Cold River, a branch of the Deerfield River, forms part of the town's northern border, and feeds several brooks. Several tributaries of the Westfield River also flow through the southern portion of town. The highest point in town is the summit of Borden Mountain, at 764 meters (2,507 ft) above sea level.

Savoy is located along the eastern border of Berkshire County, and also shares a border with Franklin County and Hampshire County. The town is bordered by Florida to the north, Charlemont, Hawley and Plainfield to the east, Windsor to the south, Cheshire to the southwest, and Adams to the west. Charlemont and Hawley are both located in Franklin County, and Plainfield is in Hampshire County. Savoy is 17 miles (27 km) northeast of Pittsfield, 49 miles (79 km) northwest of Springfield and approximately 120 miles (190 km) west by northwest of Boston (although it is closer to both Hartford and Albany than its own state capital).

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