Chesterfield Quick Facts:
Town Area: 31.01 square miles
Public Roads: 53.33 miles
Tax Rate: FY 98 $19.88
The Town of Chesterfield is a rural recreational
hill town between Northampton and Pittsfield. The town was laid
out in 1739 and sites were granted to King Philip's and King
William's war veterans in 1740, but initial settlement of the
town did not take place until around 1755. The town center was
established after the Revolution with well preserved Federal
Period houses along Main Road and landmarks of civic buildings
in a later Greek Revival style.
In its early days, the town supported a largely agricultural
economy, with wool from Merino sheep as a major product. However,
there were sawmills and tanneries in operation as well as cloth
dressing mills, and in the early 19th century these superseded
farming and brought in a small immigrant population that was
mostly Irish. Progress wiped out most of the industry in Chesterfield
and by the turn of the century a re-emerging agricultural economy
developed alongside the growing trade from summer residents.
West central Massachusetts, bordered by Worthington on the
west, Huntington and Westhampton on the south and southeast,
Williamsburg on the east, Goshen on the northeast, and Cummington
on the north. Chesterfield is 28 miles east of Pittsfield and
108 miles west of Boston.
Chesterfield State Forest
Chester State Wildlife Management Area
Fisk Meadow State Wildlife Management Area
Chesterfield General Store & Pizza
432 Main Road (Rt. 143)
Homemade Muffins and Pastries, Full Liquor and Wine, Movie Rentals,
Meats and Deli, Newspapers, Lottery, and Pizza.
423A Main Road (Rt. 143)
The Hilltown CDC was founded by community residents within ten
rural towns of Western Massachusetts to act as an advocate for
the fair allocation of resources for the region.
Roberts Family Farm
220 South Street
Grab a friend, pack a lunch, and come on over to Roberts Family
Farm! We have 8 acres of luscious blueberries just begging to
be picked! Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather providing).
The Basket Shop
513 Main Street
In a shady grove on Route 143 in Chesterfield, Massachusetts,
the old Basket Shop is in the hands of a devoted craftsman,
to the delight of old customers and new.
Allenby Tree Movers & Tree Farms
92 North Road PO Box 283
Tree moving of mature trees and shrubs, arborist consulting
services and wetland restoration projects.