Alford Massachusetts was incorporated in 1773. It is located 19 miles south-southwest of Pittsfield on the western border of the state, next to Columbia County, New York in Berkshire County.
The population of the town in 2010 was 494. It has a total area of 11.5 square miles.
ALFORD FAST FACTS:
- Patriot’s Day – Acton Minutemen March & Revolutionary-War Reenactments: April
- Winter Carnival
- Family Campouts at NARA Park: Summer & Fall
- Beach Party
- Walden Shakespeare: Theatre in the Park
- Classical, Pop. Ethnic & Rock Concerts: June to August
- 4th of July Celebrations, Concert & Fireworks
- Monsterbash: Halloween celebration
- Isaac Davis Monument, an obelisk commemorating the Revolutionary War
- Hosmer House: Revolutionary-War era home
- Acton Memorial Library: Circa 1890
- The Acton Arboretum: a 65-acre conservation area in the heart of town with trails, picnic areas and gardens
Acton Bucket List:
- Acton Discovery Museums: local museums dedicated to inspiring everyone to learn through interactive discovery. In 2014, the museums served over 172,000 local residents.
- Lake Nagog: Recreation area with 170 acres of conserved land with trails
- The Acton Arboretum: see above
- Jones Tavern and the Faulkner House and Mills: Historic sites that are important to the settlement and development of Acton
- Setting for Robert Frost’s poem, The Vanishing Red
- One of the Best Places to Live in America: #11 on Money Magazine’s list of great small towns in the U.S.
- Steve Carell, grew up in South Acton
- Issac Davis, the captain of the Acton Minutemen, was the first officer to die in the American Revolution. (‘There can never be but one man who headed the first column of attack on the King’s troops in the Revolutionary War. And Isaac Davis was that man.’ So spoke Reverend James Trask Woodbury of Acton, Massachusetts, in 1851. See Historynet.com for more info)
- Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox graduated from local school
Acton Feature Photo:
The photos on this page are provided to us courtesy of the Acton Minutemen. Every year the group sponsors numerous events to commemorate the sacrifices of local men and women in the Revolutionary War. See more photos on their website.
Photo Credit: Singlespeed Photography: Acton Conservation Land: Acton Ice Pond
Acton, Massachusetts Hero Feature Photo Information:
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Alford, Massachusetts backroads bike ride by Brent Soderberg, part of the Beartown State Forest Berkshires Ride.
Also a nice photo of Alford Church from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism: https://www.flickr.com/photos/masstravel/13936477689/in/photolist-new6h6
Photo Credit: Ogden Gigli, photo on Flickr