Elmartin Farm -- Cheshire MA

Cheshire Massachusetts

2013 Farm Updates To Current
2012 Farm Update
Family's Farm History
About The Present Owner Everett L. "Gus" Martin
Property Pictoral
Topographic & Satellite Maps of the Property & Region
The Barn & Current Use
Beef Production Program
Fun On The Farm
Elmartin Farm Stay
Elmartin Cows and Bulls Herds / Dispersals / Names
Mount Greylock & Amphitheater
Cheshire Massachusetts



A Brief History
In 1766, North Berkshire Township Number 6 was purchased by Nicholas Cook and Joseph Bennett, both of Rhode Island.  This tract was later divided into parts of Savoy, Lanesborough, Adams and Cheshire.
The investors hired Colonel Joab Stafford to survey their holdings. Stafford purchased 396 acres and included the Low, Wells, Brown, Carpenter, Jenkes, Mason, Bliss, Tibbets and Cowmans families to settle with him on what is today Stafford Hill, then New Providence. Later, in 1777, Colonel Stafford distinguished himself at the Battle of Bennington.  The Stafford Hill Monument was erected in 1927 by the Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution.  Colonel Stafford was originally buried in a small cemetery on the property of Elmartin Farm.  This gravesite was later moved to be at the Stafford Hill Monument. .
Cheshire received its name with incorporation in 1793.
A year earlier, Elder John LeLand arrived to preach and later to become a national political figure. He was responsible for making and presenting a 1,450 pound cheese to President Jefferson in 1801.
The population gradually shifted toward the present village to use the available water power from the Hoosic River.
The Berkshire Iron Furnace, Dean Saw Mill and the Cheshire Shoe Factory assisted its economic development. Yet, the Crown Glass Company employed the most people. Some of the earliest plate glass in Massachusetts was made there. After glass-making ceased, the high quality sand was exported to glassmakers elsewhere, including those in Sandwich.

Cheshire Today
Population in July 2008: 3,314. Population change since 2000: -2.6%
Males: 1,662   (50.2%)
Females: 1,652   (49.8%)
Median resident age:   40.6 years
Massachusetts median age:   36.5 years

Zip codes: 01225.
Estimated median household income in 2008: $48,163 (it was $41,981 in 2000)  Cheshire:   $48,163  vs Massachusetts:   $65,401

Estimated per capita income in 2008: $24,841
Estimated median house or condo value in 2008: $211,622 (it was $116,600 in 2000)  Cheshire:   $211,622  vs  Massachusetts:   $353,600

Mean prices in 2008: All housing units: $231,402;
     Detached houses: $266,350;
     2-unit structures: $217,185;
     3-to-4-unit structures: $258,955;
     Mobile homes: $34,398



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