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Destination:
The Berkshires
of Western Massachusetts

Florida

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This little community on a hill marks one of the last townships to join what is now Berkshire County. Located in the county's northeast corner, Florida actually found itself backed into a corner economically before answering the bell and finding solid footing.

Dr. David Nelson became the first to settle here when he arrived in 1783. Daniel Pierce of Deerfield is generally credited with having settled the eastern part of Florida, which soon became known as "Zoar." Florida's other pre-1795 settlers include Paul Knowlton, Nathan Drury, Jesse King, Sylvanus Clark, and Steven Staples.

The town was incorporated in 1805, but it took nearly four generations before expanding to include 83 dwellings, five schools, a post office, and a church. Several saw mills and a wood pulp mill helped Florida's economy during the early days, but the primary source of income proved to be agriculture, which due to the area's high elevation was limited pretty much to wool, maple syrup, and potatoes.

In fact, Florida's population decreased after the first quarter of the 19th century as residents migrated towards employment opportunities in nearby manufacturing towns. But this trend eventually reversed itself, heading Florida back in the direction of steady growth.

In the Area:
North Pond

Northern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
57 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 663-3735
Fax: (413) 664.1049
Email: info@nbershirechamber.com

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Towns
Adams
Alford
Becket
Cheshire
Clarksburg
Dalton
Egremont
Florida
Great Barrington
Hancock
Hinsdale
Housatonic
Lanesborough
Lee
Lenox
Monterey
Mount Washington
New Marlborough
North Adams
Otis
Peru
Pittsfield
Richmond
Sandisfield
Savoy
Sheffield
Stockbridge
Tyringham
Washington
West Stockbridge
Williamstown
Windsor
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