Introduction to Williamstown, Massachusetts
Williamstown, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 28 miles E of Albany, New York (center to center) and 112 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town, which is conveniently located inside the Pittsfield metropolitan area, has an estimated 8,424 residents.
Williamstown was originally called West Hoosac when people first settled in 1749. It was incorporated and named Williamstown after Ephraim Williams, a warrior who died in the French and Indian War. He contributed a large sum of money on the condition that the town be named after him.
Williamstown and Nearby Attractions
- Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
- Clarksburg State Park
- Bennington Battle Monument
- Ascutney Mountain
- Berkshire Botanical Garden
Things To Do In Williamstown
Many parks are located in the region surrounding Williamstown including Clarksburg State Park, Molly Stark State Park, and Mount Greylock State Reservation. Bennington Museum, Shaker Museum and Library, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute are some of the museums located nearby. There are also historical sites like Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site, and Mount Lebanon Shaker Village which are not far from Williamstown.
Albany International Airport is nearby.
Williamstown Higher Education
Williams College is the local college. Other colleges close to Williamstown are Berkshire Community College, Southern Vermont College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Bennington College.