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Cummington, Massachusetts
—  Town  —
Former Cummington Fire Department headquarters
Official seal of Cummington, Massachusetts
Location in Hampshire County in Massachusetts
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Hampshire County
Settled 1762
Incorporated 1779
 • Type Open town meeting
 • Total 23.1 sq mi (59.7 km2)
 • Land 22.9 sq mi (59.3 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 1,010 ft (308 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 872
 • Density 38/sq mi (14.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 01026
Area code(s) 413
FIPS code 25-16040
GNIS feature ID 0618198

Cummington is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 872 at the 2010 census,[1] down from 978 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Cummington was first settled in 1762 and was officially incorporated in 1779. It was named after Colonel John Cumings, the original landholder.[2]

The first Congregational Church minister was Rev. James Briggs (1743–1825) of Norton, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Yale College around 1775.[3] Briggs was the son of Deacon James and Damaris (White) Briggs, and the husband of Anna Wiswall.

Although a small town, several Revolutionary War patriots are buried there, including Nathaniel Holbrook, Seth Wilder, Sr., and Seth Wilder, Jr.

Noted poet and newspaper editor William Cullen Bryant was born in Cummington, and returned for many years to summer in the town. His house is now preserved and open to the public as the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. The town hosts the Cummington Fair every August on the town's fairgrounds. The fair features many events, including adult and 4-H exhibition halls, a craft barn, vaudeville stage, antique car parade, oxen pull, and an assortment of fair rides, games, and food stands.

The town was the subject of a 1945 documentary film, The Cummington Story, about the welcome given to a group of European refugees.[4]


Cummington is in northwestern Hampshire County. It is bordered to the west by the towns of Peru and Windsor in Berkshire County, to the north by Plainfield in Hampshire County, and to the northeast by Ashfield in Franklin County. To the east is the town of Goshen, to the southeast is Chesterfield, and to the south is Worthington, all in Hampshire County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.7 square kilometres (23.1 sq mi), of which 59.3 square kilometres (22.9 sq mi) are land and 0.3 square kilometres (0.1 sq mi), or 0.56%, are water.[1] The Westfield River (sometimes referred to as the East Branch) flows through Cummington. Massachusetts Route 9 runs through the town, following the Westfield River for most of its way. Route 9 leads southeast 20 miles (32 km) to Northampton and west 22 miles (35 km) to Pittsfield. Massachusetts Route 112 leads west, then south, 21 miles (34 km) to Huntington.

The mineral cummingtonite was first found in this town and was named after it.[5][6]


As of the census[17] of 2000, there were 978 people, 382 households, and 239 families residing in the town. The population density was 42.4 people per square mile (16.4/km²). There were 452 housing units at an average density of 19.6 per square mile (7.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.42% White, 0.61% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.27% of the population.

There were 382 households out of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $42,250, and the median income for a family was $48,750. Males had a median income of $31,765 versus $27,279 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,553. About 4.2% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


The town is part of the Second Berkshire District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and the Berkshire, Franklin, and Hampshire Senate district.

Points of interest[]

  • William Cullen Bryant Homestead
  • Greenwood Music Camp

Notable people[]

  • William Cullen Bryant, poet
  • Sergei Isupov, artist
  • Rachel Maddow, MSNBC host
  • Zalmon Richards, educator
  • William Jay Smith, poet
  • Worcester Reed Warner, engineer
  • Alan Weisman, author
  • Richard Wilbur, poet


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  2. ^ Town of Cummington - History
  3. ^ William W. Streeter and Daphne H. Morris, Editors, The Vital Records of Cummington, Massachusetts 1762-1900 (Hartford, CT: William W. Streeter and D. H. Morris, 1979)
  4. ^ Arthur Knight. The Liveliest Art: A Panoramic History of the Movies, New York: Mentor, n.d. p. 254.
  5. ^ Handbook of Mineralogy, 2001, Mineral Data Pub.
  6. ^ Mindat data
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  15. ^ "1860 Census". Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1864. Pages 220 through 226. State of Massachusetts Table No. 3. Populations of Cities, Towns, &c.. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
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  17. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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