Place:Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

Alt namesHoussatannock Lower Plantation
Houssatonnecksource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25000467
Skatecooksource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25000467
Coordinates42.1°N 73.35°W
Located inBerkshire, Massachusetts, United States     (1733 - )
See alsoGreat Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States1761 Child
Egremont, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States1790 and 1824 loss
New Marlborough, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States1798 and 1871 loss

Sheffield, also known as Houssatannock Lower Plantation, Schaghticoke, Skatecook and Scaticook, was founded in 1733. It had no parent town.

  • January 22, 1733, established as a town.
  • June 19, 1753, certain lands lying west of Sheffield annexed.
  • January 21, 1760, certain estates annexed.
  • June 30, 1761, part established as Great Barrington.
  • February 22, 1790, part annexted by Egremont.
  • June 19, 1796, part annexed by New Marlborough.
  • February 7, 1798, part annexed by New Marlborough.
  • February 16, 1824, part annexed by Egremont.
  • June 4, 1869, bounds between Sheffield and Egremont established.
  • April 19, 1871, part annexed by New Marlborough and bounds established.


Modern Sheffield

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Sheffield is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,257 at the 2010 census. Sheffield is home to Berkshire School, a private preparatory school. The former resort town includes the village of Ashley Falls, and is bordered by various other towns and villages, such as Egremont and Great Barrington.


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The land was purchased on April 25, 1724, from Chief Konkapot and 20 other Stockbridge Mahican Native Americans. Its price was 460 pounds, 3 barrels of cider and 30 quarts of rum. The lower township of Housatonic (as Outhotonnook would be corrupted) was first settled by Matthew Noble of Westfield, who arrived in 1725.

But New York claimed west of the Housatonic River under the Westenhook Patent, dated July 11, 1705, and insisted that Massachusetts cease encroachment. Indeed, one early settler was arrested and incarcerated at Albany as a trespasser on Westenhook land. Nevertheless, Sheffield, Massachusetts, was officially incorporated on June 22, 1733, the first town incorporated in what is now Berkshire County. Its north parish was set off and incorporated as Great Barrington in 1761. Located on the fertile floodplain of the Housatonic River valley, the principal industry was agriculture.

The Sheffield Resolves, or Sheffield Declaration, was an early Colonial American petition against British rule and manifesto for individual rights, drawn up as a series of resolves approved by the Town of Sheffield on January 12, 1773, and printed in The Massachusetts Spy, Or, Thomas's Boston Journal on February 18, 1773. Sheffield was also the site of the bloodiest (and last) battle on February 27, 1787, during Shays' Rebellion.

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