Place:Bernardston, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States


Alt namesBernardston Villagesource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25001488
Coordinates42.667°N 72.55°W
Located inFranklin, Massachusetts, United States
Contained Places
Old Cemetery
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Bernardston is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 2,102 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.


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Falls Fight Township

Bernardston, Massachusetts, initially known as Falls Fight Township, was a frontier settlement created by and for the families of soldiers who had fought in King Phillips War, specifically in the Battle of Turner's Falls, a major engagement under Captain Turner in 1676. Major John Burke was an early settler of the town, his father was one of the veterans granted land in Falls Fight, as was the son of Hope Atherton.

In November 1734, the following was presented to the General Court of Massachusetts:

The petition was granted and the proprietors of the new township began recruiting 60 families to settle in the town. John Burke, Samuel Connable, Lieut. Ebenezer Sheldon, and Deacon Sheldon built the first four houses, in 1738. They were of hewn logs, with port-holes in the walls for defense against the Indians.

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