Savoy MA



Savoy is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 705 at the 2000 census.

 History

Savoy began its existence within the Massachusetts Colony as part of "Northern Berkshire Township #6," which included the towns of Adams, North Adams, Cheshire and Lanesborough. The town was auctioned off several times before it was finally purchased by Colonel William Bullock of Rehoboth. It was first settled in 1777 by a group led by Colonel Lemuel Hathaway. The town was officially incorporated in 1797, and was supposedly named for the land’s resemblance to the Duchy of Savoy in France. The town started off with a grazing agrarian industry, before several mills took off in town. The town was also very diverse religiously, with several faiths practicing by the mid-19th century. Joseph Smith even preached in the town around 1810 before beginning his westward journey.[citation needed] Today the town is mostly a quiet rural community, known for its scenery and natural beauty.[1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.0 square miles (93.3 km²), of which, 35.9 square miles (92.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.39%) is water. The town is the 45th largest town by area in the state, and ninth largest in the county. Savoy is located among the Berkshire Hills, with much of the town being dominated by Savoy Mountain State Forest, as well as parts of three other state forests (Mohawk Trail State Forest, Windsor State Forest and Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest), and a wildlife management area in the southwest corner of town. The Cold River, a branch of the Deerfield River, forms part of the town’s northern border, and feeds several brooks. Several tributaries of the Westfield River also flow through the southern portion of town.

Savoy is located along the eastern border of Berkshire County, and also shares a border with Franklin County and Hampshire County. The town is bordered by Florida to the north, Charlemont, Hawley and Plainfield to the east, Windsor to the south, Cheshire to the southwest, and Adams to the west. Charlemont and Hawley are both located in Franklin County, and Plainfield is in Hampshire County. Savoy is 17 miles northeast of Pittsfield, 49 miles northwest of Springfield and approximately 120 miles west by northwest of Boston (although it is closer to both Hartford and Albany than its own state capital).

A short portion of Massachusetts Route 2, also known as the Mohawk Trail, crosses along the northeast border of town before crossing the Cold River into Florida. In the south, Route 116 (coming from Adams in the west) and Route 8A (coming from Windsor in the south) meet near the center of town and continue as one road towards the southeast corner of town.

There are no railroad lines through the city, the nearest being the freight line which passes through Florida via the Hoosac Tunnel. The nearest regional bus service can be found in North Adams, as can Harriman and West Airport, the nearest small airport. The town is roughly equidistantly located between the nearest airports with national service, Bradley International Airport in Connecticut and Albany International Airport in New York.

 Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 705 people, 287 households, and 202 families residing in the town. By population, Savoy ranks 26th out of the 32 towns in Berkshire County, and 336th out of the 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. The population density was 19.7 people per square mile (7.6/km²), ranking it 27th in the county, and 11th least densely populated in the Commonwealth. There were 326 housing units at an average density of 9.1/sq mi (3.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.45% White, 0.71% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.28% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 287 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 115.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,477, and the median income for a family was $50,114. Males had a median income of $36,500 versus $28,182 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,223. About 4.9% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

 Government

A view down Route 116

Savoy employs the open town meeting form of government, and is led by a board of selectmen. The town has its own services, including fire, police and public works. The town runs the Savoy Hollow Library, which is connected to the regional library network, but is only open three days a week.

On the state level, Savoy is represented in the Massachusetts House of Representatives by the First Berkshire district, which covers northern Berkshire County, as well as portions of Franklin County. In the Massachusetts Senate, the town is represented by the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin district, which includes all of Berkshire County and western Hampshire and Franklin Counties.[3] The town is patrolled by the Fourth (Cheshire) Station of Barracks "B" of the Massachusetts State Police.[4]

On the national level, Savoy is represented in the United States House of Representatives as part of Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district, and has been represented by John Olver of Amherst since June 1991.

 Education

Savoy operates its own elementary school, Savoy Elementary, which serves students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The town has an arrangement with Adams-Cheshire Regional School district to send its middle school students to Adams Memorial Middle School, and its high school students to Hoosac Valley High School. Additionally, there are private, parochial, charter and vocational schools located in nearby Adams and North Adams.

The nearest community college is Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. The nearest state college is Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, and the nearest state university is the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 References

  1. ^ DCHD Community Profiles – Mass.gov
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Senators and Representatives by City and Town
  4. ^ Station B-4, SP Cheshire
  5. ^ "Kirk to be interim senator". http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/09/kirk_to_be_name.html. 
  6. ^ Governor sets date for special Senate election, presses for interim appointment

 

 
 
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