Windsor, Massachusetts

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Windsor is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 875 at the 2000 census.

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History

Windsor was first settled in 1767 and was officially incorporated in 1771. The town was named for Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where many of the settlers emigrated from. Originally, the town was named Gageborough, but was changed due to the general's Revolutionary War affiliation.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.1 square miles (91.0 km²), of which, 35.0 square miles (90.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.40%) is water. Windsor is mostly rectangular-shaped, and lies along the eastern border of Berkshire County with Hampshire County. It is bordered by Savoy to the north, Plainfield to the northeast and east; Cummington to the southeast, Peru and Hinsdale to the south, and Dalton to the southwest, and Cheshire to the northwest. Windsor is twelve miles (19 km) northeast of Pittsfield, 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Springfield, and 120 miles (190 km) west-northwest of Boston.

Windsor is located on a plateau in the Berkshire Hills, and lies near the source of the Westfield River. The river runs southward through the northeast part of town, flowing through Windsor State Forest. Additionally, one of the feeder brooks flows through the Windsor Jambs, a series of rocky waterfalls. The town is also dotted with wildlife management areas, including all of Eugene Moran Wildlife Management Area, as well as portions of the Chalet, Peru and Savoy Wildlife Management Areas.

Windsor is located at the junction of Route 9 and Route 8A, with the two running concurrently west from the junction. Near the northeast corner of town, Route 8A grazes the border (at which point it is combined with Route 116), with a small neighborhood lying around Windsor Pond.

The town has no bus or rail service. The nearest for both is Pittsfield. The Pittsfield Municipal Airport is the nearest regional airport, and the town is located roughly equidistantly between Albany International Airport and Bradley International Airport, the two nearest airports with national service.

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