is situated in the northeastern part of Berkshire County, about
150 miles from Boston, and 12 miles from Pittsfield and 7 from
Dalton by highway. The last two afford the nearest railway stations.
The villages are Windsor Hill (Windsor P.O.) at the centre, and
East Windsor (P.O.), or Jordanville, in the extreme southeast.
Savoy bounds this town on the north; Plainfield and Cummington,
on the east; Peru and Hinsdale, on the south; and Dalton and Cheshire
on the west. The farms are reported in the State census as containing
23,204 acres, of which 7,306 acres were woodland. The assessed
area is 21,795 acres. The township is about seven miles in length
and five in breadth. The geological structure is calcareous gneiss
and the Quebec group, in which abound the minerals, zoisite, actinolite
and rutile. The general surface is not greatly varied in altitude,
yet there are several considerable elevations, of which the most
prominent is Windsor Hill, near the centre, which bears a Congregational
church and the chief village. A picturesque pond, covering 107
acres, in the northeastern corner, is a principal source of the
Westfield River; which, with its branches, drains the eastern,
while the streams forming the East Branch of the Housatonic, drain
the western section of the town. A very pleasing feature in the
scenery is the Wahconah Falls, on one of the latter streams in
the southwestern corner. The water here tumbles over a rocky precipice
some 70 feet, filling the air with spray and music, and forming
one of the finest scenic pictures in this region.
Orchards of the sugar maple abound; and there are not less than
23 sugar-houses. Apples are a fair crop, good stocks of cattle
are kept, and large quantities of butter made. The value of the
product of the 118 farms in 1885 was $121,271. Two saw mills.
and three grist mills were operated in the town. Wooden-ware,
edge-tools, scythe-stones and leather are the other principal
manufactures. The aggregate value of goods made was $11,311. The
population was 657; of whom 163 were legal voters. The valuation
in 1888 was $210,579, with a tax-rate of $15 on $1,000. There
were 138 assessed dwelling-houses. The eight public school-houses
were valued at $2,000. The East Library Association has some 300
The land of this town was originally purchased by Noah Nash,
June 2, 1762, for £1,430. It was incorporated July 2, 1771,
under the name of "Gageborough," in compliment to Governor
Thomas Gage ("General Gage"), but the name was changed
in 1778 to the present one. The Indian name was Ouschanpamaug.
708-709 in Nason and Varney's Massachusetts Gazetteer, 1890