The Berkshire city of Pittsfield, MA was officially incorporated in 1761 and named after the British nobleman and politician William Pitt. Pittsfield. Pittsfield was primarily an agricultural community, due to the many brooks that flowed through it to the Housatonic River. There were many mills that were scattered throughout the township that produced lumber, grist, paper and textiles. Pittsfield, MA became the center of woolen manufacturing after the introduction of Merino sheep from Spain in 1807. This industry was a mainstay for the area residents for over a century. Pittsfield was a bustling metropolis by the late 19th century and continued to thrive until the late 20th century when the General Electric Company relocated out of the area. Today, the city of Pittsfield is trying to revitalize itself into a tourist destination and cultural center for the arts. There are wonderful museums and theatre groups to entertain all.
Pittsfield, MA information:
Largest city in the Berkshires
Named after British nobleman William Pitt
Pittsfield, MA town website
City Hall: 70 Allen St., Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: (413) 499-9361
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