Sandisfield, Massachusetts

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Sandisfield is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 824 at the 2000 census.

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History

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. 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.[1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 53.0 square miles (137.3 km²), of which, 52.3 square miles (135.5 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (1.34%) is water. The town is the largest by land area in Berkshire County, and eighth largest in the state. 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. Sandisfield lies 28 miles south-southeast of Pittsfield, 32 miles west of Springfield, and 118 miles west-southwest of Boston.

Sandisfield lies in the southeastern part of the Berkshire Mountains, along the western banks of the Farmington River. The town lies on a plateau, with the Buck and Clam Rivers flowing through town towards the Farmington, as well as several small, marshy brooks and small ponds and lakes. The town is dotted by pieces of the Sandisfield State Forest, with the highest point in town, Abbey Hill (1,810 ft) lying in the northwest section of the forest. A small portion of Otis State Forest also crosses the northern border of town.

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