Savoy is a town in Berkshire
County, Massachusetts, United
States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical
The population was 705 at the 2000 census.
Savoy began its existence within the Massachusetts Colony as part
of "Northern Berkshire Township #6," which included the towns of
Adams, North Adams, Cheshire and Lanesborough. The town was auctioned
off several times before it was finally purchased by Colonel
William Bullock of Rehoboth.
It was first settled in 1777 by a group led
by Colonel Lemuel Hathaway. The town was officially incorporated in 1797,
and was supposedly named for the land's resemblance to the Duchy of Savoy in France.
town started off with a grazing agrarian industry, before several
mills took off in town. The town was also very diverse religiously,
with several faiths practicing by the mid-19th century. Joseph Smith
even preached in the town around
1810 before beginning his westward journey. Today the town is
mostly a quiet rural community, known for its scenery and natural
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of
36.0 square miles (93.3 km²), of which, 35.9 square
miles (92.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles
(0.4 km²) of it (0.39%) is water. The town is the 45th largest
town by area in the state, and ninth largest in the county.
located among the Berkshire Hills, with much of the town being
dominated by Savoy Mountain
State Forest, as well as parts of three other state forests
(Mohawk Trail State
Forest, Windsor State
Forest and Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State
Forest), and a wildlife management area in the southwest
corner of town.
The Cold River, a branch of the Deerfield River
, forms part of the town's
northern border, and feeds several brooks. Several tributaries of
the Westfield River
through the southern portion of town.
located along the eastern border of Berkshire County, and also shares a border
with Franklin County and Hampshire County. The town is bordered by Florida to the north, Charlemont, Hawley and Plainfield to the east, Windsor to the south, Cheshire to the southwest, and Adams to the west.
Charlemont and Hawley are both
located in Franklin County, and Plainfield is in Hampshire County.
17 miles northeast of Pittsfield, 49 miles northwest of Springfield and approximately 120 miles west by northwest of
Boston (although it is closer to both Hartford and Albany than its own
A short portion of Massachusetts
, also known as the Mohawk
, crosses along the northeast border of town before
crossing the Cold River into Florida. In the south, Route 116
(coming from Adams in the
west) and Route 8A
from Windsor in the south) meet near the center of town and
continue as one road towards the southeast corner of town.
no railroad lines through the city, the nearest being the freight
line which passes through Florida via the Hoosac Tunnel.
The nearest regional bus service can be
found in North Adams, as can Harriman and West Airport, the nearest
small airport. The town is roughly equidistantly located
between the nearest airports with national service, Bradley
International Airport in Connecticut and Albany
International Airport in New York.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 705
people, 287 households, and 202 families residing in the town. By
population, Savoy ranks 26th out of the 32 towns in Berkshire
County, and 336th out of the 351 Massachusetts cities and towns.
The population density
people per square mile (7.6/km²), ranking it 27th in the county,
and 11th least densely populated in the Commonwealth. There were
326 housing units at an average density of 9.1/sq mi
(3.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.45% White
, 0.71% African American
from other races
1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.71% of the
There were 287 households out of which 31.0% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married
living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no
husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 23.3% of all
households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living
alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size
was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age
of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to
64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
40 years. For every 100 females there were 115.6 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $41,477, and the
median income for a family was $50,114. Males had a median income
of $36,500 versus $28,182 for females. The per capita income
for the town was
$20,223. About 4.9% of families and 5.4% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 9.2%
of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.
A view down Route 116
Savoy employs the open town
form of government, and is led by a board of selectmen
. The town has its own
services, including fire, police and public works. The town runs
the Savoy Hollow Library, which is connected to the regional
library network, but is only open three days a week.
On the state level, Savoy is represented in the Massachusetts House of
by the First Berkshire district, which covers
northern Berkshire County, as well as portions of Franklin County.
In the Massachusetts Senate
the town is represented by the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin
district, which includes all of Berkshire County and western
Hampshire and Franklin Counties. The town is patrolled by the
Fourth (Cheshire) Station of Barracks "B" of the Massachusetts State Police
national level, Savoy is represented in the United States House of
Representatives as part of Massachusetts's 1st
congressional district, and has been represented by John Olver of Amherst since June 1991.
Massachusetts is currently
represented in the United States
by senior Senator John Kerry
and interim junior senator Paul Kirk
is scheduled to be held on January 19, 2010 to fill
seat currently held by Kirk.
Savoy operates its own elementary school, Savoy Elementary, which
serves students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The town
has an arrangement with Adams-Cheshire Regional School district to
send its middle school students to Adams Memorial Middle School,
and its high school students to Hoosac Valley High School.
Additionally, there are private, parochial, charter and vocational
schools located in nearby Adams and North Adams.
nearest community college is
Community College in Pittsfield. The nearest state
college is Massachusetts College of Liberal
Arts in North Adams, and the nearest state university is
the University of