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1,813 people. (293rd in Massachusetts.)
The Town of Colrain abuts the Vermont state line several miles northwest of
Greenfield, the northern terminus of the Connecticut River Valley, and just
north of the Mohawk Trail. It was settled by Scots-Irish immigrants in the
mid-17th century who named their settlement after Lord Coleraine of
Once known for its apples, and its sheep and dairy farms, Colrain, like all
the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts, has seen the decline of its
agricultural base. Today, a half-dozen dairy farms, two commercial
orchards and several specialty or niche farms (raising llamas, angora goats
and organic produce) are the only ones remaining. However, despite the
widespread loss of manufacturing jobs throughout the Commonwealth, a cotton
bleachery and a cotton products factory provide employment for many
Many craftspeople and artists, attracted by the fact that the town offers
privacy but also access to nearby college communities for marketing and
supplies, have built or purchased homes and studios in Colrain.
Revitalization of the town's major center at the junction of two tourist
routes to Vermont is being actively pursued by the newly formed Colrain
Business Association, which also sponsors the annual Coleraine Village Fair
in September. Two of the town center's churches are currently being
restored, one as a community cultural center, the other as a retail and
A substantial portion of the town's current budget of $1.7 million is used
to fund three school districts. There are 85 miles of road, of which about
half are paved.
Northwestern Massachusetts, bordered by Halifax, Vermont, on the north; Leyden
on the east; Greenfield and Shelburne on the south; Charlemont on the southwest
corner; and Heath on the west. Colrain is 17 miles northwest of Greenfield and
112 miles northwest of Boston.
Narrative compiled by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).
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