The Berkshires town of Williamstown is the location of Williams College, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Williamstown is the fourth-largest town in Berkshire County; 2000 census data lists population of 8,424 and median household income of $51,875. The town, which borders Vermont and New York, was incorporated in 1765 as Williamstown after Ephraim Williams, who was killed in the French and Indian War. He bequeathed a significant sum to the town on the condition that it were named after him and started a free school. In 1791, the school opened, becoming Williams College in 1793.
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Hotels in Williamstown, MA
- 1896 House Brookside & Pondside – 910 Cold Spring Road
- 1896 House Country Inn – Rt 7
- House On Main Street – 1120 Main Street
- Orchards Hotel – 222 Adams Road
- Williamstown Motel – 295 Main Street
- Howard Johnson Williamstown -213 Main Street
- The Villager Motel – 953 Simonds Road
In the late 1930s and 1940s, E. Parmelee Prentice and his wife Alta, the daughter of John D. Rockefeller, created Mount Hope Farm. With a mansion designed by James Gamble Rogers, it was one of the outstanding experimental farms in the country. Today, it belongs to Williams College.
Williamstown, MA at-a-glance:
- Town Hall: 31 North St.
- Phone: (413) 458-3500
- Population: 8,424
- Settled/Inc’d: 1749
- Named for: Ephraim Williams
- Elevation: 603′
- Town website: williamstown.net/