Huntington, Massachusetts is a town unlike others in the area. Not incorporated until 1855, the town was formed to settle land and jurisdiction disputes among several towns.
Once known as Plantation No. 9, the land was sold in 1762 to William Williams. It was then incorporated in 1765 as Murrayfield, most of which is now modern-day Chester. In 1773, a district was peeled off of this area, and named Norwich.
With the coming of the railroad, the population and industry exploded, forming a village at the intersection of Blandford, Chester, and Norwich. Spanning three towns and two counties, this made legal and political matters difficult to settle. Finally in 1853, portions of Blandford and Chester were given to Norwich, and then incorporated two years later.
This solution was devised by a Northampton lawyer, Charles Huntington. Once the town was formed, he then gifted it with a library. The residents of this new town voted to name the town after this man who was both benefactor and architect of their town.
As the “gateway to the Massachusetts Berkshires", our town lies on the boundary of the Connecticut River Valley and the Massachusetts portion of the Appalachian Mountain Range. With low valleys and peaks that reach up to 1,400 feet, we have a variety of stunning scenery and recreational areas. We cover 26.9 square miles in Hampshire County and has a population of 2,200 people. It is home to two dams: the Knightville and the Littleville dams. The Littleville Dam was placed along the Westfield River to control flooding. It was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and creates Littleville Lake shared between our town and the town of Chester.
People from around the region enjoy visiting our beautiful land for swimming, fishing, hiking, and the whitewater races that are held each spring. Some popular recreational areas within the town include: Knightville Dam, Littleville Dam, Gardner State Park, Huntington State Forest, Hickory Mountain, Knightville State Wildlife Management Area, and Hiram H. Fox Wildlife Management Area.
We offer a wide variety of small businesses and artisans located within the town itself. Here you will find pet care businesses, hardware stores, shops, restaurants, construction companies, and more. Located at the crossroads of the railroad, 3 towns, and 2 counties, we arose as a solution to untenable political tensions -- yet stand as a quintescential and beautiful Massachusetts town. We enjoy the stunning landscapes carved out by glacial movements, but do not have the fertile farmlands located in towns just to its east. Today it is a quiet New England town with a proud history.