Hinsdale, Massachusetts

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Hinsdale is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,872 at the 2000 census.



Originally part of Northern Berkshire Township Number 2 and including all of Peru and part of Middlefield, the town was first settled in 1763 and was officially incorporated as Partridgefield in 1771. Originally named for Oliver Partridge, one of the three purchasers of the town (along with Governor Francis Bernard), the Western Parish officially broke away from its eastern half and incorporated in 1804, renaming itself for the family of Rev. Theodore Hinsdale,[1] who also owned an important woolen mill. The mill was the center of economic activity in town until the Great Depression, when it closed.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.7 square miles (56.2 km²), of which, 20.8 square miles (54.0 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²) of it (3.96%) is water. Hinsdale is located in central Berkshire County, and is bordered by Windsor to the north, Peru to the east, Washington to the south, and Dalton to the west. Hinsdale is 9 miles east of Pittsfield, 42 miles northwest of Springfield, and 120 miles west of Boston.

Hinsdale is located in the Berkshire Hills, with most of its population located in a valley along the East Branch of the Housatonic River, whose origin is just south of the town line. Much of the land around the river south of the town center is part of the Hinsdale Flats Wildlife Management Reserve, and is generally a swampy area. There are four reservoirs within the town (Belmont, Plunkett, Cleveland Brook and a portion of the Windsor Reservoir), as well as part of Muddy Pond in the south and most of Ashmere Lake along the Peru town line. The town, which contains the peak of Tully Mountain along the western border, also is traversed by a portion of the Appalachian Trail, which crosses the mountain. The town also has several summer camps, and a country club.

Route 8 Crosses the town from the south to the Dalton border in the northwest. Route 143 also begins at Route 8 at the center of town. The town lies along a CSX Transportation rail line, which brings Amtrak and freight service to Pittsfield. The town also lies at the eastern terminus of the Berkshire Regional Trainsit Authority bus line. Regional bus service can be found in Pittsfield, which is also home to the nearest regional air service (at Pittsfield Municipal Airport). The nearest airport with national flights is Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.

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