Place:Leverett, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

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NameLeverett
Alt namesLeverett Centersource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25001672
Leverett Centresource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25001672
South Leverettsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25001672
TypeTown
Coordinates42.45°N 72.5°W
Located inFranklin, Massachusetts, United States
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Leverett is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,876 as of the 2010 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

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According to the Massachusetts FCCC, Leverett was first settled in the 17th century when pioneers developed the Swampfield Plantation. The first permanent settlement, however, was not established until 1750, and the settlers officially petitioned Sunderland to become their own town in 1774. The town was named for John Leverett, the twentieth governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

In 1985, a Buddhist monastic order called Nipponzan Myohoji erected a large monument in Leverett. This structure, known as the New England Peace Pagoda, is considered the first of its kind in North America.

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