Williamstown


Williamstown

      town (township), Berkshire county, northwestern Massachusetts, U.S., on the Hoosic River 21 miles (34 km) north of Pittsfield. Settled as West Hoosac in 1749, it was incorporated in 1765 and renamed for Colonel Ephraim Williams, killed in the French and Indian War (1754–63), who had bequeathed money in his will to establish a “free school” there provided the town bear his name. The school was opened in 1791 and chartered as Williams College in 1793. The town's Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has a notable collection of Pierre-Auguste Renoir paintings and works by other French Impressionists. The town's life centres around the college; its economy is supplemented by services and tourism, attracted by the Williamstown Theater Festival and the Berkshire Hills resort area. Taconic Trail State Park and Hopkins Memorial Forest are major recreational sites. Area 47 square miles (122 square km). Pop. (1990) 8,220; (2000) 8,424.

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