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Williamstown is a town in Berkshire County, in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, United States. It shares a border with Vermont to the north and New York to the west. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,754 at the 2010 census. A college town, it is home to Williams College, the Clark Art Institute and the Tony-awarded Williamstown Theatre Festival, which runs every July and August.HistoryOriginally called West Hoosac, the area was first settled in 1749. Prior to this time its position along the Mohawk Trail made it ideal Mohican hunting grounds. Its strategic location bordering Dutch colonies in New York led to its settlement, because it was needed as a buffer to stop the Dutch from encroaching on Massachusetts. Fort West Hoosac, the westernmost blockhouse and stockade in Massachusetts, was built in 1756. The town was incorporated in 1765 as Williamstown according to the will of Col. 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, but only lasted a short time as a free school before becoming Williams College in 1793.
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The Clark Art Institute ©
Art Museum
The Clark Art Institute
Duration: 2 hours
Williams College Museum of Art ©
Art Museum
Williams College Museum of Art
Duration: 30 minutes
Hopkin's Memorial Forest ©
Hopkin's Memorial Forest
Duration: 2 hours
Field Farm ©
Field Farm
Duration: 2 hours

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The Mark Twain House & Museum Hartford
Duration: 2h 30 min

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Where'd You Get That!?, Inc. ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Where'd You Get That!?, Inc.
Duration: 30 minutes
Sweet Brook Farm ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Sweet Brook Farm
Duration: 30 minutes
Taconic Trail State Park ©
State Park
Taconic Trail State Park
Duration: 2 hours
Mountain Meadow Preserve ©
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Mountain Meadow Preserve
Duration: 2 hours

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