It is a town, in the northwest corner of Massachusetts. It shares its border with Vermont to the north and New York to the west. The population was 8,424 as per the 2000 Census.It was originally called West Hoosac before the area was settled, in 1749. It was earlier ruled by Ephraim Williams, who was killed in the French and Indian war. In the memory of his death people started the school in the buildings named after him. In 1793, the schools were upgraded to Williams College. The primary earning of the town was from agriculture, dairy farming, sheep herding and wool production and also sawmills and gristmills operated by water power at the streams.According to United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.9 square miles, in which 46.9 squares miles is land and 0.04 square miles is water.
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